Guide to Jai Hind, circa 1950

Collection ID:
Chesrow, Richard
circa 1950
Physical Description:
2 Film reels
1 hour 13 minutes
color sound; 2,628 feet
Linear feet

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Edited film was made with the intention of showing the old and the new of India and the people, their customs and beliefs. Filmed in wide screen the film includes Bombay, Madras, Mahabalapuram (rock hewn temples and the Hill of the Holy Eagles), Mysore, Bangalore, Madura, Bhubaneshwar, Konarak, Darjeeling, Taj Mahal and the Itmad-ud-Daulah, Jaipur, Benares, Sarnath, New Delhi at night, Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, Calcutta, Tibetan dancers and the President of the Indian Republic, H.H. Dr. Rajendra Prasad and the Prime Minister Nehru with Lady Mountbatten.
Supplementary materials: correspondence, production documents
Legacy keywords: Language and culture ; Cities and towns ; Architecture India ; Architecture Indian Mughal ; Architecture religious India ; Parades India ; Historic sites ; Dance Asia ; India ; Madras (India) ; Benares (India) ; Mysore (India) ; Bombay (India) ; Jaipur (India) ; New Delhi, India ; Calcutta (India)
Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Dr. Chesrow was a dentist and photographer living in Chicago. He made the film to promote cross cultural awareness of Indian antiquities, architecture, art, dance, music, the people and a new country attempting to modernize.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received from Allegra Chesrow Rieger in 2012.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
HSFA 2012.12.1

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
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Preferred Citation
Jai Hind, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution

More Information

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
South Asia Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
India Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cities and towns Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound films Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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