Realm of the Royals
Mighty empires of the past
What stands out in a study of India’s royalty is not all the fabulous wealth, extravagant lifestyles or legendary eccentricities. It’s the humanity. The delusions of grandeur, the hunger for validation, the aching paranoia. But also, the passion for poetry. The great love for animals. The steadfast loyalties. They were by no means perfect, our kings and queens. But in their yearning for immortality, they perfectly preserved the spirit of an era.
Once upon a time, jewellery was a sign of manliness. And no one was manlier than the king of the land
It was love at first click for India’s royalty and the 19th century’s most exciting new art form: photography
They're powerful, wealthy and just out of the nursery. Meet the princes, scions and other young worthies of India's erstwhile ruling classes
Roll back the years with vintage photographs of Indian palaces from Sarmaya’s collection
Ten incredible styles of painting, sculpting and weaving that wouldn’t have existed without these visionary royal patrons