New Year celebrations in Mysore, Southern India.
Mysore in Southern India.
New Year ceremony - the Maharajah rides forth from his Palace to the temple. Camera pans across vast crowd of people outside the Palace. A mounted policeman rides through the crowd. High angle shot of the crowd - musicians play and men walk on stilts. M/S of soldiers in ornate uniforms on horseback. High angle shot of the crowds with the palace in the background and a British Union Jack flag in the foreground. A marching military band walks through an ornate archway. M/S of the soldiers who carry large decorated poles. M/S of a marching band. High angle of mounted military band.
The Maharajah arrives on an elephant. He is led through the crowd lined streets with a marching band behind him. High angle shots of dignitaries in the parade. Mounted soldiers with long spear like weapons. C/U of the Maharajah sitting inside an ornate carriage on the back of the elephant. The elephant is led through the crowds as are other carriages and elephants. Various shots of the Palace at night lit up. Pretty impressive.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 653.