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Allahabad is one of the largest and most populous districts in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Also it is referred as East London.

The Civil Lines is the central business district of Allahabad and the largest town-planning project carried out in India before the establishment of Νew Delhi.

In the film we see a high-traffic city, each view is full of people in typical Indian costumes, riding bicycles or tricycles (which seems to be the main form of transportation), carts with passengers or cargoes that are pulled by cattle or even humans, free cattle, a few cars and roads with lots of pedestrians.

In some views we see children gathered with their schoolbags who after making a characteristic gesture, perhaps praying, they go to school.


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Bonar, Andrew Graham

HD (1440x1080)



Duration (seconds)

Super 8mm

Creator's description

We are in the Civil Lines, the centre of what used to be the European part of the city. It is the rush hour, about nine thirty in the morning. There goes a Gandhi-like figure, with bald head and dhoti –he won’t require the services of this pavement barber.
The best time to see the Civil Lines is early in the morning, when it is cool and quiet. After the Mutiny of 1857 the authorities felt that Calcutta was too far away from the centre of India to function as the capital, and they therefore planned to make Allahabad the new capital. Later they changed their minds, but in the meantime the Civil Lines had been laid out, with a number of broad straight avenues.
Here, flanked by cowsheds, is a boys’ school. The boys are chanting JAI HAI, JAI HAI –Victory (as they do on parade every morning). Even the poorest Indian families seem to appreciate that education is essential for advancement, and this bodes well for the future development of the country.
Bonar, Andrew Graham