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Kashmir in Historic Film Footage
January 2017

Today’s historian depends not only on the archaeological specimens or textual documents for writing history, but a wide range of other unconventional materials that were not given much attention earlier. Some of these include photography, print and visual culture, and oral histories, among others. Cinema or film footage is another powerful source for knowing the details of our past, albeit of last one century or so. Kashmir has been recorded extensively on film since the Arrival of the film camera in India. What we have chosen here is mostly documentary footage and not fictionalised accounts of the past. We have avoided videos or films that go into the political crisis of Kashmir.

Classical Kashmir (Old Srinagar Kashmir video) Penn Museum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhUvhpFs52U

Land of the Shalimar (Capital Films)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn4fLEUXaYA

Coronation Sir Hari Singh as Maharajah of Kashmir in 1926
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuknwvtVeYY

Kashmir (1930)
Filmed in 1930, this film shows the journey to Srinagar and its famous Dal Lake
and Shalimar Gardens along with other sites.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiQrKk0GQO4

Nehru in Kashmir (1947) British Pathé
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_-ZKy_8DBM

Kashmir Celebrations (1948) British Pathé
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVQdk-zw_HE

Kashmir in Lost Images
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VlIb6QH0K4

On The Kashmir Front (1965)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FS2PJmO0H9Y

Kashmir Shalimar (1931)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADbX-b21xbU

Crisis over Kashmir (1965)
https://youtube.com/watch?v=VZuVbwjrH7g

Vale of Kashmir (1930) Rambling Reporter
https://youtube.com/watch?v=2U3xww4OdKY

Kashmir (1966) British Pathé
https://youtube.com/watch?v=Hp0hGRBy3AU

History of Ladakh, Leh. The Last Shangri-la, 1978.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=8Mzztzes1tE

The above is a selection of archival film footage. If you come across some more interesting
footage of Kashmir, please let us know.
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