Exhibition on world of Indian `Maharajas` in London
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 21:41
London: A rare comprehensive exhibition on a treasure trove of Indian royals and their lifestyle will be organised at the famous Victoria and Albert Museum here.

The exhibition titled 'Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts', which will run from October 10 this year to January 17, 2010, will bring together over 250 magnificent objects, many on loan to the UK for the first time from India's royal collections.

Beth McKillop, Keeper, Asian Department of V&A Museum, told newsmen today the exhibition would include three thrones, a silver gilt howdah, gem-encrusted weapons, court paintings, photographs, a Rolls Royce, Indian turban jewels and jewellery commissioned from Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels in the 20th century.

The exhibition, which took two-and-half years to put together, would be later on moved to Germany and the USA where there is a great interest among the people about "Indian Maharajas", McKillop told reporters.

It will tour to Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany from February 12 to May 23, 2010.

The exhibition will cover the period from the 18th century when the great era of the maharajas began to the end of British rule in 1947.

It will show the changing role of the maharajas in a historical and social context and look at how their patronage of the arts both in India and Europe resulted in splendid and beautiful commissions designed to enhance royal status and identity.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 21:41

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