Audio / Video

Nehru's Tryst with Destiny

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's Tryst with Destiny speech at the midnight of August 14, 1947 to India's Constituent Assembly (precursor to Parliament).

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India Travelogue 1937

India on Parade - A 1937 FitzPatrick Traveltalk travelogue on India.

Jaipur 1932

A tour of the Indian city of Jaipur in the 1930's.

Mumbai travelogue 1932

A tour of the Indian city of Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1930's.

Punjab village 1925

A snapshot of life in a village in the Punjab - from the production of mustard oil to the shoeing of a bullock.

Taj Mahal 1924

A silent black & white film sequence of the Taj Mahal, taken by Theodore Richard, an educator and religious administrator who filmed his travels around the world in 1924-25. The film clip is from the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution collection of historical moving images.

Purna Swaraj 1929-30 Video

Purna Swaraj Resolution 1929-30

Varanasi 1899

This is one of the earliest films to be shot in India; it was filmed in 1899 in the holy city of Varanasi from the perspective of a boat travelling along Ganges River. This film is included on the BFI DVD of Jean Renoir's 'The River'.

Gandhi speech on God

During his stay in England in 1931, when the Columbia Gramophone Company requested him to make a record for them, Gandhi pleaded his inability to speak politics, and added that, at the age of sixtytwo, he could make his first and last record which should, if wanted, make his voice heard for all time. Confessing his anxiety to speak on the spiritual matters, on October 20, 1931 he read out his old article "On God".

Courtesy: GandhiServe Foundation -- Mahatma Gandhi Research and Media Service, http://www.gandhiserve.org

Universal Newsreel announcing Pakistan's independence to US audiences on August 14, 1947.

Universal Newsreel announcing Pakistan's independence to US audiences on August 14, 1947. Scenes of Karachi, the Sindh Asembly Building, Elphinstone Street, Liaquat Ali Khan, J. Mandal and Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Pakistan's founder. Uncut.