Friday, May 6, 2011

India Inspired Pick of the Month: Vintage Indian Travel Posters

Hello peeps! Apologies for the radio silence. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to maintain a work-life balance. But SHP is my happy place, the one I come running to when I find some spare time. I've missed you guys! After having recharged my batteries with some wine and lots of sun from the west coast, I'm now back to blog with renewed spirit (wine also a spirit, which renewed my spirit.. get it? get it?)

I know I missed doing an 'India Inspired Pick  of the Month' for April, so I'll make up for it with two from the series this month. Told ya, renewed spirits and all that ;)

I discovered how much more of my beautiful country that I need discover, on a spring evening I spent browsing through vintage Indian travel posters. Most of these were designed either during the British era or as commissions by the Indian government between the 1940s and the 80s.


 Stunningly beautiful aren't they? The rich colours used here remind me of Eastman colour pictures.


Surprisingly, most of these were painted by non-Indian artists. And yet how vividly and beautifully have they captured India?




A Dal lake swim in Kashmir, Lama dancing in Darjeeling, Attending theater in Calcutta, Hiking in the Himalayas, Exploring in the Ellora caves, Ringing a temple bell in Kerala, Spinning a prayer wheel in Gaya, Tapping my feet to the drums in Puri- Done any of this? My score stands at zero :(

While I plot and plan to get my travel score up, I leave you now with the promise to come back with a Part two early next week. In my best Schwarzenegger voice, Hasta La Vista!

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19 comments:

Shanthi said...

Oh now you are tempting me to increase my score. Hmmm I have to think which one of these I can tick off. Have a nice weekend.

GB said...

Gorgeous. Each and every one of them! Looks like someone had a good day the DMV! :)

Kamini said...

Oh fabulous. Wonder how I can lay my hands on one of them...any idea? Happy to say I've done 3 of them...Dal Lake, temple bell Kerala, spinning wheel in Gaya! Would love to have a full score though. Welcome back Ahnold :-)

Sreelu said...

I give to you lady, you always have me drooling over the beautiful stuff you introduce. Love those vintage style posters

charu said...

Loved them all.. thank you for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome. I have seen many of them and now have to visit Calcutta :). I'll be baaaack for the next post.

My3

Emreen said...

Love each one of these posters.. Guess it would be difficult to pick one from the collection.. Would love to have one of these framed...!!

Neha@ All things beautiful said...

Lovely, lovely posters. Would be great to frame a few of them and make a cluster. Thanks for sharing these Divya...and good to have you back!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Oh my these are lovely. Have to say that I done them all except Gaya :-)

Designwali said...

ooh great finds! thanks for sharing!

Rashmie @ MommyLabs said...

These are so gorgeous - each and every one of them. And yeah, the colours remind of Eastman colour pictures. The shikara poster - of Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore's romantic number in Kashmir...!
The work-life-balance (WLB) is such a tricky game, isn't it! Happy Mother's Day :)

Anpu said...

Great post...lovely to see those vintage posters...I have tons of vintage maps at my Mumbai home...This makes me think I have to get them back with me, in my next visit...

indiapiedaterre.com said...

These are fantastic!!! I'd love to find some of these. Thank you for sharing these!

Ambika said...

Awesome stuff! Never seen these before, interesting to note that they're made by non-Indians. Liked the imagery!

padmaja said...

I had no idea about these,, they look so very spectacular, thanks for this post..they certainly inspired me to take out my brushes today!

Haddock said...

That is something great....painted by non Indian artists

Geetha said...

Lovely vintage posters!

Sound Horn Please said...

For everybody who has commented here and asked me where they could buy these posters. Stay tuned! Another vintage Indian posters post coming up soon!

dokka srinivasu said...

Dear Madam

Namaste. I am Dokka Srinivasu from Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh State.

Madam i am intereted in Indian Heritage and Culture.

Madam i am collecting vintage post cards on many themes. Particularly my main focus on Indian Heritage and Culture.

Madam this is my Heritage of India blog.

http://indian-heritage-and-culture.blogspot.in/

Madam please look into my Heritage of India blog and share your comments.

Further madam i want to use these Visit India vintage posters in my Heritage of India blog.

Madam if you give permission then i am using them in my Heritage of India blog.

Madam further did you have spare posters of the same.

Madam please reply and share your comments.