Dastaan-Go: used to work wonders in photography, the master of photography ‘Raja’ Deen Dayal

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sir, Let’s look at something first. He asked, “Ajab do an amazing job at the image, Ustad Raja Deen Dayal belongs to the masters.” Mir Mehboob Ali Khan became the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad. He was so in love with one of his court photographers, Deen Dayal, that he had once said this lion in his pride. However, ‘Dastaan-Go’ has made a slight cancellation-or-change with the aim of making Sher maujun (relevant). Be silly. Now it goes like this: “A used to be amazing in photography, ‘Raja’ Deen Dayal, the master of photography.” However, this question may be raised in the mind that if Deen Dayal was a court photographer, then how “Raja”? So, sir, the answer is that Nizam himself, Mir Mehboob Ali Khan, had given Deen Dayal the title of “Raja Bahadur Musawvir Jung”. This happened in 1894.

Sir, ‘Lala’ there is a website describing Deen Dayal’s Savaneh-Hayat (biography), with the name ‘Lala Deendayal.in’. There are many things like that. Now no one should fall into the illusion of ‘Raja’ and ‘Lala’ here, so let’s say ‘Raja’ was the title, which Deen Dayal saved. While ‘Lala’ was associated with him with his birth. There is a place in the area of ​​Agra and Awadh (present-day Uttar Pradesh), Sardhana. Near Meerut. At the same time, Deen Dayal was born into a Jain family. Her date of birth is not exactly anywhere. It may not be solid. But it is definitely available in the year, 1844. Thus, in this way, Deen Dayal came to be called ‘Lala’ by birth. Then came the topic of training. So Deen Dayal became an engineer with a degree. During British times, there was a university in Roorkee. ‘Thomson College of Civil Engineering’. From there.

After that, there was a series of jobs and, apparently, also as an engineer. That year passed in 1866. Indore is the great city of present-day Madhya Pradesh. There, in the Department of Public Works. At that time, the government of the king of Holkar used to dominate this city. But the British had sent one of their officers to the royal court permanently (permanently). Thus, then the king was the other – Tukoji Rao Holkar. But the British used to run their “government” by making them a medium. At that time, Henry Dermot Daly, the English army officer, used to assume this responsibility at the king’s court. He is said to have been very cheerful and kind, Henry Daly. I was very interested in new and old things, experience, experiments, and so on. Lala Deen Dayal’s mood was similar as well. Thus, as servants of the government, the two met.

The process of photography had begun in India around 1840 in the decade (tenth). But until then most British photographers used to direct this work. I used to walk around the country and take pictures of important places. He was also in charge of taking photographs of the occasions related to him accompanying him in government meetings, official visits, and so on. It is said that on one of these occasions, Lala Deen Dayal dealt with British photographers and cameras. He also felt a special interest in this work. So at first he grabbed the camera in his hand, albeit as an amateur. He took some photos and showed them to Henry Daly. He also really liked these pictures. So he encouraged Lala Deen Dayal to pursue her passion for photography. Do more work on this.

Meanwhile, once again Viceroy Lord Northbrook visited Central India (Central India). Then Lala Deen Dayal took some photos that she really liked. After this, in 1876, the Prince of Wales of England came to Indore. It was the month of March. On that tour, Henry Daly especially trusted Lala Deen Dayal to take photographs. He played it well and the pictures were much appreciated. Shortly after this incident, when Henry Daly toured the Bundelkhand, Lala Deen Dayal was taken with him. There he took memorable photographs. It was then that Lala Deen Dayal realized that she could become the ‘king’ of the world of photography. But then since it was an expensive hobby. He couldn’t fill his stomach with his gains. So Lala Deen Dayal needed help and government sponsorship.

Lala also obtained help and sponsorship from the government. When he applied for a two-year permit from a government job to get training and experience in photography, he immediately agreed. Not only that, but they could do this job with confidence, without worrying about their livelihood, so Henry Daly did so by asking the Indore raja. It is said that Lala Deen Dayal received a property from the king, from the profits of which her expenses continued. Meanwhile, Henry Daly was transferred. But instead, the new officers who came to represent the British government at the Indore court proved to be more useful to Lala Deen Dayal than to Henry Daly. He was called Lipal Griffin. He also chose Lala Deen Dayal for photography when he visited the Bundelkhand-Baghelkhand areas during the year 1882-83.

Discussions about Lala Deen Dayal’s photography were already in Lipal Griffin’s ears. During the tour, he also took care of his skills. It is said that during this trip, Lala Deen Dayal took more than 100 photographs of these areas. Of these, 86 photographs were included by Lipal Griffin in his book ‘Famous Monument of Central India’. This book was presented in 1886 in London. That way, there is now no pride in Lala’s mind. His skills were also being discussed outside of India. Along with governments, kings and princes, the Nawab-Nizam were also willing to put the red carpet on them. Around the year 1874-75, that is, in the early stages, he had opened his own studio in Indore. He had also left. So Lala now made a big decision, leaving the government post. And he finally quit his job in March 1887.LALA

In this way, Deen Dayal, who became ‘Lala’ by birth, became a photographer by profession, becoming a trained engineer. Although he still had to be a “king.” And this opportunity came in the tens of 1890. The sixth Nizam of Hyderabad enjoyed seeing not only the most interesting things in the world, but also the personalities surrounding him. So when he met the fame of Lala Deen Dayal, he sent him to be called. When Lala came to him, the Nizam offered to give him respect for his court. Lala accepted that. Thus after Indore, now Hyderabad became his next destination. And here again ‘Lala’ became ‘Raja’. ‘Raja Lala Deendayal’. O ‘Raja Bahadur Musawvir Jung’. It is said that in this capacity, King Deen Dayal had the right to maintain an army of about 2,000 horsemen, on the side of the Nizam.

However, Lala remained a skilled photographer. So he kept thinking about taking the same profession to the next level. The year she left work, Lala opened another studio in Secunderabad, the city of Nizam Sultanate. Here both his profession and his skill flourished greatly. The British government made him his only photographer. From the viceroy to all the great officers of the British, the images of the processions, visits, and so on. they used to go through Lala Deen Dayal’s cameras. Even in 1897, the “Queen Victoria”, the Mallika of the British Sultanate, assigned him as a royal photographer. That is, in this capacity, now Lala Deen Dayal had to draw all the issues related to the queen in India. It was because of this growing fame that in 1896, Lala had opened her third studio in the city of Bombay.

Get an idea of ​​how far Lala Deen Dayal’s thinking has come in her ability. As such, when they had to bring a large area under the grip of the camera, they would not add it piece by piece. Rather, he went up there to build a high scaffolding and from there he drew the whole picture in a single frame. Taking special care of how to make the most of the light. Whether it’s a great official or an ordinary man, while taking their photos, they also told them what to wear, how and where to sit so that their photographs look good. He had made special arrangements for photographs of women. A separate study for women is said to have been built in Secunderabad itself. Perhaps the first in India. Women used to do all the work on that. And yes, it is said that Lala Deen Dayal had hired more than 50 people at once in all three studios.

Not only that, Lala used to charge the cost of photographs of ordinary people, but so much so that she had no problem. An eight-by-five-inch frame-mounted image costs only 12 annes (75 countries). And listen. The negatives of the images were then made into glass. When they brought young children to be photographed, it would be a big problem. Because of his actions, it would have happened many times that the image was not right at the same time. Negatives get worse. But despite this, Lala had decided: ‘Even if the negative is bad in the case of children, no money should be taken separately from anyone.’ and studio facilities, Masha Allah. It is said that when Lala opened the Bombay studio, the great English Hindustan newspaper ‘The Times of India’ called it ‘the studio with the most furniture in Eastern countries’.

It is said that in the English officer there is hardly anyone coming from abroad, at that time, who does not want to come to Lala’s studio in Bombay and take pictures. Whether Lala herself takes her photos or not. This process continued until Lala breathed her last in Bombay on July 5, 1905. Her condition can be measured by the fact that two days after her death, that is, on Friday, July 7, the British government had published a full article on the subject in the Bombay Gazette. This is also recorded on the website of Lala Deen Dayal, mentioned above. It is said that about 30,000 memorable images came out of the cameras of ‘Raja Lala Deen Dayal’. Only a few could be saved because it was not possible to save them all. Despite this, those that have survived (in galleries, museums, etc.) are such that when you look at them you can see the ancient times alive, breathing before your eyes.

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