Photowalk with Hyderabad weekend shoots
I’d gone with a group of photo enthusiasts for an early morning photowalk to discover the old British residency in Hyderabad located at Koti. It was quite a learning both in terms of history ‘n photography skills. This’s a group of professional ‘n amateur photographers who meet up twice a month to photograph an interesting place. It’s an interesting mix of people ‘n a good way to hone one’s photography skills. For this meet, we met up at the Osmania college for women at Koti in Hyderabad.
British residency in Hyderabad
The Osmania college for women was established in 1949. It was the British residency before that. Before 1858, the British had divided Indian into Presidencies for the purpose of governance. The major presidencies were Bengal, Bombay and Madras. There were also many princely states who entered into a subsidiary alliance with the British ‘n had to pay a hefty sum to be allowed to continue to rule their states. The British stationed a Resident or Resident Minister at the major princely states of Hyderabad, Mysore, Jammu Kashmir ‘n Baroda. The rest of the smaller provinces had junior political officers.
The first resident of Hyderabad was James Achilles Kirkpatrick from 1797 to 1805. James quickly fell in love with everything Indian and took to local customs, including wearing Indian dresses. And it wasn’t long before he fell in love with Khair-un-Nissa, the teenaged grand daughter of Nawab Mahmood Ali Khan, the prime minister of Hyderabad. The love story between the two has been beautifully captured by William Dalrymple in his book ‘The White Mughals’. Like with all love stories of some repute, this one too ended in a tragedy with the death of James Achilles Kirkpatrick in 1805, due to illness.
And what’s even more tragic’s the current state of the building. It’s in tatters. Ill-kept ‘n run-down. Whoever has been entrusted the responsibility of conserving India’s heritage and history, is obviously making a hash out of it. But in spite of its current state, the sense of grandeur at the British residency is not amiss. This might not be one of the most well known British monuments in Hyderabad, but that doesn’t mean that it should be allowed to be in the state it is currently in.
The intent of this photowalk’s to raise awareness about this British monument in Hyderabad. So that enough pressure’s built ‘n the people responsible get down to restoring it. Though Chowder Singh only does food. I thought it was apt to move away for this important cause. And I must thank the organisers; Hyderabad weekend shoots. Here’s the link to their group on facebook. Intach Hyderabad, an NPO that focuses on conserving India’s heritage ‘n to the Principal of Osmania college for women. May they succeed in their mission of restoring the Residency to its past glory. I don’t think the college is open to public. It’s a women’s college after all. It’s quite possible that many of our roadside romeos have already been trying their best to come in ‘n ‘study’ the architecture of British monuments in Hyderabad.
But if you’d like to visit, then you can email or call in advance and check with ‘em. I’m sure they’d be happy to oblige. Here’s the link to their website
I hope I’ve done justice with my photos. Would love to hear your feedback. Please feel free to use the comments section below ‘n don’t forget to share this on all social / blogging platforms that you use. Happy viewing ‘n chow-chow!
And we were served very good breakfast of kesari bhath, vada, sambar ‘n chutney by the college. All’s well that ends well, na.