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  DEEN DAYAL RAJA    

------------------ Pioneer photographer

No discussion on photography in Hyderabad is complete without a mention of the legendary Deen Dayal Raja. This man has the unique distinction of haDeen Dayal Rajaving introduced photography to Hyderabad.

Born in 1844 at Sardana near Meerut, he was officially engaged by the British to compile an album of monuments as a gift to Queen Victoria. His reputation preceded him in Hyderabad. The Mir Mahboob Ali Khan also known as the Nizam VI was so impressed with his work that he persuaded him to settle in Hyderabad and appointed him as the Court Photographer.

This patronage served as an initiative to open a branch of the Deen Dayal and Sons in Secunderabad. In recognition of his prolific work, the Nizam awarded him the title of Raja Musavar Jung Bahadur.

Through the scores of years, the firm that Deen Dayal founded has continued under the management of successive family members. A collection of his pictures was recently sold to the National Museum in New Delhi. Some of his photographs can be found in many old houses in Hyderabad.

 


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