India’s Royal house lost their official powers of ruling when the nation gained independence in 1947, but what they never loosen up was the sense of fascination and amusement with the men and women who use to be the lawmaker of a large tract of the country.
However, the concentration was mainly caught by the Maharajas or kings, many of whom are still considered as influential personalities in India.
Although, there has been some of the famous Maharanis, who have worked for the welfare of India and at the same time have grabbed eyes of many due to their simplicity and beautiful presence. But, they have been out of the spotlight and not much known to the wider part of the country.
But, thanks to a Photography studio, Tasveer, who is now trying to put light on those not very known Indian Queens. As part of its 10th-anniversary celebrations, it has collected portraits or photographs of Indian queens and princesses and is exhibiting it in an exhibition, titled Maharani: Women of Royal India.
Tasveer mentions that the pictures were sourced from the archives of the Museum of Art and Photography, royal collections from across the subcontinent and other collections in India and abroad such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Amar Mahal Museum and Library in Jammu.
Maharani Chimnabai II of Baroda, also known as Shrimant Gajrabai Ghatge of Dewas Senior. Photographed by Lala Deen Dayal in 1891
Thakorani Vijayalakshmi Devi Sahiba of Katda Sangani, in Gujarat, 1941-42
Rani Prem Kaur Sahiba of Kapurthala, Photograph by Raja Deen Dayal & Sons of Hyderabad taken in 1915.
Rani Sethi Parvathi Bayi and Rani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi of Travancore.
Kanchi Bada Maharani Balkumari Devi Rana of Nepal. Dirgha Man Chitrakar took this photo in 1908.
Rani Yashoda Devi of Patiala taken in Vandyk Studios in London in 1930s.
Princess Rafat Zamani Begum – Bari Begum Sahiba of Rampur, of Najiabad Family, captured by Kinsey Studios of Delhi in 1960.
Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, also known as Princess Ayesha of Cooch Behar, photographed by Derek Adkins in 1951.
Maharaj Kumar Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala, formerly of Kashipur.
Nawab Begum Sajida Sultan of Bhopal, also Begum of Pataudi.
Rani Kamlabai Sahib ofJasdan, Year: Early 1930s
Maharani Vijaya Raje Scindia, Rajmata of Gwalior, n??e Lekha Divyeshwari Devi
Princess Indira Devi of Kapurthala
Shrimant Maharajkumari Mrunalini Raje Gaekwad of Baroda, later Maharani of Dhar, Year: 1940
Princess Rama Rajya Lakshmi Rana, n??e Shri Shri Adhirajkumari
Rama Rajya Lakshmi Devi of Nepal