Stokes Collection

Stokes Collection – Film 20

B&W. 10:26min. Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. early 1930s. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. ‘Madras – sea bathing’: bathers being punted back to shore. Scenes of ploughing with oxen in paddy fields. Threshing – oxen walking in circles on the grain. Winnowing. ‘Madras Occupations: a potter and his wheel’. Fishermen. Collecting water at a well in a mussak (leather bags). General views of dhobi wallahs doing laundry at a ghat; basket weavers.(film with captions)

Stokes Collection – Film 18

B&W. 10:26min. Delhi (?), India. early 1930s. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. General views – street scenes (New Delhi?). Interior scenes of a debate in government chamber. Street and sea scenes. Military parade. Lake scenes and landscape. General views of a town. Bathers at ghat; Scenes at the Vellore fort. Street scenes. Vellore fort – architectural details.

Stokes Collection – Film 17

B&W. 10:45min. Chandragiri, India. 1933. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. General views of Chandragiri fort; the Raja Mahal Palace and gardens, Chandragiri. Street scenes and musicians; Raja Mahal Chandragiri palace and gardens. Street scenes and religious procession. Landscapes. Cauvery Falls. Possibly scenes of the Jedarpalayam bed regulator on the Cauvery River in Paramathi Velur. More scenes of water falls.

Stokes Collection – Film 16

B&W. 12:05min. Cochin (Kochi); Malabar, Kerala, India. 1933. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. ‘The Residency’ – Bolghatty Palace, Bolghatty Island. Scenes of the Residency’s gardens of lakeside landscape. ‘Sardine nets’ and village scenes – Vypeen. ‘Old warehouses and jetties. Muttancheri’ (Mattancherry). Old palace, temple and ‘Synagogue tower, Jewish quarter, Cochin’. Interior scenes of synagogue. Scenes of Cochin harbour and fishing nets. ‘A visitor to the Residency with escort’ – scenes at the Bolghatty Palace. Long boat races. Scenes ‘in the Moplah Country’ – market scenes; village road works. (film with captions)

Stokes Collection – Film 15

B&W. 11:29min. Kerala; Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu, India. early 1930s. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. Extended sequence of Kathakali dances (Kerala). Garden scenes. European riders. Garden scenes.

Stokes Collection – Film 14

B&W. 11:20min. Mysore, Karnataka, India. 1933. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. ‘The Arms Puja’ – general views of spectators and procession Maharaja Krishnaraja IV Wodeyar (?) of Mysore and party at official dias. Scenes of troops in ceremonial dress (including decorated elephants). Procession and puja blessings. Horses, oxen and elephants highly decorated for the occasion. Indian spectators. Artists on stilts; military parades. Buildings illuminated for evening celebration. Landscape. (film with intertitles)

Stokes Collection – Film 13

B&W. 12:30min. Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. 1934. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. Scenes of the dam in operation. Metur River Dam: opening ceremony attended by Sir George Stanley, the Governor of Madras, and by Mr. Clement T. Mullings, chief engineer of the project. General views of the dam.

Stokes Collection – Film 12

B&W. 10:44min. Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. 1932. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. Construction of Metur dam. Scenes showing European and Indian teams at work, machinery, various stages of dam construction, and the flooded region behind dam wall.

Stokes Collection – Film 11

B&W. 7:48min. Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. 1931. Film made by Lady Stokes and Sir Hopetoun Stokes. Metur River Dam. ‘Dam across the Cauvery River conserves water for 301,000 acres’. Intertitle showing the total estimated costs and the length, height and capacity of dam. ‘Quarrying stone’. Transporting stone by train. ‘The Main Surplus Regulator’. General views of the initial phases of the dam building and surrounding area. Scenes of ‘Stone – crushers at work’ : detail shots of equipment. ‘Concrete-laying, towers and general views of dam, 1931 ‘. (film with captions)

Stokes Collection – Film 10

B&W. 4:17min. Nilambur, Kerala, India. 1931. ‘Nilambur River; Nilambur Market and Village scenes’. A small group of Europeans being punted across the river in dug-out canoes. Mahouts and working elephants. Landscape views. Elephants by the river bank. 
(film with captions)