Monday, September 24, 2012

Bubhnowly Kothi

A Short note on Bubhnowly Kothi Source: History of Behar Indigo Factories, By- Menden Wilson (1908) "Bubnowlie is situated in the Gorakhpur district. It is an old factory and must have been built by one of the finch family, most, most likelyjoseph, as I find him recorded as manager in 1829 to 1859. after him came Mr Meyer in 1860, R. P. Brooke from 1861 to 1873. The factory about this time changed hand, being purchased by the brothers MacDonald, E Studd and A. MacRae. A. Macrae took charge in 1874. J.Macdonald became manager from 1876 to 1878, when MacRae returned and remained to 1879. In 1879 C.E Mackenzie became manager and J MacDonald returned. In 1880 to 1883 c Mackenzie managed again and in 1883 John MacDonald took over charge again. In 1885 F.Mackinnon became manager and continued upto 1888, when A Macfarlane took charge till 1889 when F Mackinnon returned and continued to 1897. John Mackinnon then took up the management to 1899. In that year F Mackinnon managed to 1905 and still continues as manager. The outworks are Bykuntpore, Domath and Sapaha. There are the following tombs:- To the memory of Isabelle wife of R P Brooke, born 16th January 1833, died 20th January 1873; George William Mackenzie died 8th October 1882; Gustavus Vernon Hume was drowned at a pigsticking party, born 2nd july 1861 died 19th March 1885; Thomas P Lynch aged 52 years, died 31st October, 1891. There are also tombs to several children etc. In 1887 F Mackinnon built two outworks called Bulichi and Bagwanpore. Kinderputi also situated in Gorakhpur district was built by E T Sealy, R fenton and R Sealy in 1885; manager W Brouche 1886 to 1888; R Fenton 1888 to 1891, R Sealy 1892 and is now manager. There are no graves." What remains now of the Bubhnowlie concern is the ruins of the bungalow, a few vats of the indigo factory (which is now under the Seed Centre of the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research), the managers bunglow (owned by Mr Seeraz Ahmad) and a couple of graves. I could find only one grave. Unfortunately the locals have taken the marble slabs off the graves and used them as per their requirements.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Fateh Sahi: Article in The Hindu

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rajkumar Sarvajit Pratap Bahadur Sahi was the second son of Raja Krishna Pratap Bahadur Sahi and uncle of Raja Indrajit Pratap Bahadur Sahi. He patronised music and was given company by musicians like Rasik Gopal. He was a composer of music and was also very good at writing songs and couplets in hindi, urdu and persian. His work was compiled in a series called Deen Vinay.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Raja Indrajit Pratap Bahadur Sahi on a Nalki

Nalki,is a sedan chair richly worked, and ornamented with gold, in which people of rank traveled so that theit feer did not touch the ground . It was one of the three great insignia (the nalki, the order of the Fish, fan of peacock's feathers) which the Mogul emperors of Delhi conferred upon independent princes of the first class, and could never be used by any person upon whom, or upon whose ancestors, they had not been so conferred.

1. Hobson-Jobson: the Anglo-Indian dictionary By Henry Yule, Arthur Coke Burnell, 1886
2.Rambles and recollections of an Indian official, Volume 1 By Sir William Henry Sleeman, Vincent Arthur Smith, 1893
3. Wanderings of a pilgrim, in search of the picturesque, during four-and-twenty years in the East; with revelations of life in the Zenana , Fanny Parks, 1850

The Monogram

The monogram of Raj Tamkuhi has essentially had the fish (the Mahi Maratib, conferred upon Maharaja Kalyan Mall by Akbar), the baton (which represents the mansab), the lions (which represent the badge of lion conferred by emperor Muhammad Shah on Raja Gandharp alias Hamir Sahi) and the Aum (to represent the Sanatan Dharma).

1. 1931 Manual of titles of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh; Allahabad 1932
2. Landlords of Agra and Avadh- Nurul Hasan Siddiqui