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Maps help relive old Delhi charms

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 21, 2013
First Published: 00:44 IST(21/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:46 IST(21/4/2013)

History might not interest you, as might not geography of the national capital, but a map of Delhi, as it looked like in 1912, is mostly certainly likely to leave you awestruck.

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The map shows the entire geographical terrain - prominent among them being the beautiful ridge and eastward flowing streams running down tit, Kushak Mahal,

Rajo Ka Bazar, Raisina, the river flowing below Lodi Garden’s Athpula Bridge, Zabtaganj and Biwipur - as it was in the first half of the 19th century.

The 1912 Delhi map along with several others from various districts/states of India during the British era are parts of an exhibition titled Defining the Empire: An exhibition of old British maps of India (1871-1928) that was inaugurated on Friday.

Curated by Dr Manosi Lahiri, the exhibition - which was earlier inaugurated by Professor Mushirul Hassan, director general, National Archives - has been put up by Indian National Trust for Arts and Cultural Heritage. It will remain open for public viewing till April 30 between 10am to 7pm at INTACH’s office, off Lodi Road.

The exhibition has 40 old up on display. “These are from a series of maps first published in India during colonial times. Prior to this, the series of maps were published in Britain,” said Manu Bhatnagar from INTACH.   


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