Maharanis: Women of Royal India


9.75 × 12 IN (248 × 305 MM)

Tales of Princely India have previously revolved mostly around the figure of the Maharaja, leaving shrouded in mystery the lives of the women of the royal household. Maharanis takes you behind the veil, through the lens of photography, offering a peek at the enigmatic women of royal India, and their roles in history in the public and private spheres.

Including portraits both formal and candid, and with four original texts by K. G. Pramod Kumar, Amin Jaffer, Martand Singh & Shilpa Vijayakrishnan to provide insights and contexts, nostalgia and history in equal parts, this volume points us towards the ways in which the royal women of India navigated the traditional and the modern, and influenced change in their time.

With an unrivalled collection of photographs, illuminating the lives of the royal women who lived during the last phase of the erstwhile royal families in India— mid-19th to mid-20th centuries—drawn from royal families spanning the length and breadth of the country, this volume reproduces the glamour of a bygone era and brings into the limelight, the fascinating women who populated it.