Corfield Collection

Corfield Collection – Film 2

B&W. 13.58min. Simla (Shimla), Himachal Pradesh; possibly Rewa; Indore (Madhya Pradesh), India. c.1934-38. Film made by Sir Conrad Corfield. Views of Simla and Annandale. ‘On the way to Naldera’: European women being carried in hand-drawn carrts. Simla: views of the Mall and the Viceregal Lodge with liveried staff saluting. Indian acrobat performing in a village. ‘Nagpanchmi Wrestling Competition’ and awards ceremony attended by a large audience. Shikar – scenes of hunting preparations and trekking on elephants. Short scene of Indian Prince next to his car and surrounded by elephant beaters. Dashera Parade (possibly at Rewa Fort). Scenes of sardars and Indian officers attending the opening of the Raj Parishad (State Council). Scene of ‘Maharaj Kumar’. ‘The V.C. Race’. Residency at Indore. Crossing Son river on elephants. Bow and arrow shooting. The Cheonti Fort and Falls. Scenes of Banas river. 
(film with captions)

Corfield Collection – Film 1

B&W. 13.56min. Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India. c.1932- 34. Film made by Sir Conrad Corfield. Pet monkey. Anandgarh Fair. Scenes of a knife sharpener and a street vendor. Elephants being washed in a river. Bull fighting. Military sports, Rewa: ‘His Highness Arrives’ (Maharaja Sir Ghulab Singh?). Scenes of the audience. Tent-pegging. Road scenes leading to Umaria. Bandhogarh Fort. Scenes of wild life. Festival of Muharam: procession with Tazias and drums. Horse show jumping (‘by Captain Pritam Singh and Sirdar Ali Khan’). Ridding school. ‘Scenes of the last preparations before the Maharaja of Rewa’s departure on tour. The Ghoghar Nadi in flood’. Scenes of a pet dog. A female singer accompanied by a group of musicians performs on a roof-top of the Rewa old palace. (film with captions)