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B&W. 3min. Imphal, Manipuri, India. 1936. Film made by Gerald P. Stewart. Imphal: Manipuri sword dance in the grounds of the Maharajah Maharaja Churachandra Singh’s palace. Old palace grounds (part of the Assam Riffles lines in 1936). Ruined walls of old palace. Mr. Jeffreys, the then Manipur State Engineer, points to the spot where on 24 march 1891 the Manipuries beheated Mr. James Wallace Quinton, the Chief Commissioner of Assam; views of graves and memorial (possibly in the garden of the Residency in Imphal). Disused Hindu temple in the European Club grounds. Monument on the river bank to a British officer (Lieutenant Brackenberry?). Scenes of the ‘Bone ceremony’ after death of senior Manipuri prince. Rathjatra procession: the Maharajah’s rath being prepared for procession and pulled by a large crowd.


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