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Burdwan - Distant view of the Rajbari across the Sulipukur Tank

Burdwan - Distant view of the Rajbari across the Sulipukur Tank

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1904

Shelfmark: Photo 430/29(8)

Item number: 430298

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a distant view of the Rajbari across the Silipukur Tank at Barddhaman, West Bengal, taken by an unknown photographer in c. 1904. This is part of a album of photographs presented to Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, by Bijay Chand Mahtab of Burdwan (r.1887-1941), on his short visit to the city on 2nd April 1904. Burdwan was the capital of the district and the residence of the Maharajas. The Burdwan Rajas trace their origin to 1657 when Abu Rai was appointed chaudhari and kotwal in Burdwan but they gained the title of Raja in 1741 with Chitra Sen Rai. They become an important family, holding high office in the Bengal Executive Council in the 1920's. The Burdwan Palace also known as Rajbari was built in the19th century in a European style. The building now houses the University of Burdwan.

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