Photographs of Lord Curzon visiting a Jain temple in Junagadh, and another one showing him inspecting a castle at Surat — shot by Lala Deen Dayal, and dating back to 1890-1900 — are among the items to go under the hammer at the latest auction of Bonham’s annual Travel and Photography sale (including India and Beyond) in London. The auction, to be held on December 4, will showcase 200 photographic lots, comprising albums and loose photographs, attributed to the mainstays of early Indian photography. The collection will present some rare early views of India, and are priced at Rs 17,000–8,72,000. Notable items include a collection of portraits of Indian princely rulers, Princes and Chiefs of India (1903), an album of views of Lahore, Bombay and Darjeeling from 1860 and another one of views of Hyderabad taken in 1889, which is estimated to go at Rs 2.2–3.1 lakh.
Ode to the Gurus
The annual contemporary dance festival, Quarterfest, is back. Interestingly, this year’s edition begins on December 8, to coincide with the birth anniversary of Uday Shankar, the pioneer of modern dance in India. On the opening day, contemporary dance troupe Sadhya will pay a tribute to Shankar with a 15-minute performance. Artistic director Santosh Nair, who initiated Quarterfest, said, “This year’s edition has three segments: a tribute to Uday Shankar, the second section will pay a tribute to another guru — Dronacharya of the Mahabharata, while the third section is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Nataraja.” The two-day event will see the participation of eight troupes including Bhoomika, Danceworx, Anveshana, Urshilla, Dance Rulz and Tapasya, with each bringing to the stage their own interpretation, definition and understanding of contemporary dance. The event will be held at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre.