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Times of the Raj: Images From Postcards of Bombay Workshop

We stepped out on the eve of the Indian Independence Day and shot pictures of how Mumbai would have been before 1947!

August 15 is celebrated as the Indian Independence Day. And on the eve of this day, a good friend Manoj, organized an analogue workshop where the participants were encouraged to shoot only with old manual cameras and try to see it like it was before 1947.

Bombay, as it was called then, had always been a commercial center. Trading of cotton, opium, silk, and spices were its specialty.

In the early times, Bombay was just a local fishermen’s colony. The Portuguese came to the islands of Bombay first bringing with them international trading options. After a few years, the British gained control of the same colony and expanded it to what we see Bombay today.

“For centuries, the islands came under the control of successive indigenous empires before being ceded to the Portuguese and subsequently to the British East India Company. During the mid-18th century, Mumbai was reshaped by the British with large-scale civil engineering projects, and emerged as a significant trading town. Economic and educational development characterised the city during the 19th century. It became a strong base for the Indian independence movement during the early 20th century. When India became independent in 1947, the city was incorporated into Bombay State. In 1960, following the Samyukta Maharashtra movement, a new state of Maharashtra was created with Bombay as capital. The city was renamed Mumbai in 1995” – Wikipedia

The biggest achievement of the British was to bring together Bombay from a series of islands and make it into one central city. They also worked on making it the commercial capital of the country, pushing trade and business in the region.

written by abhoan

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