The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Art exhibition; leaving Calcutta
medium: diaries
date: 16.12.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Sat. Dec. 16.
text: Finished packing & arranged for some of my things to go by train to Bombay & others by sea from Calcutta. Took my tickets for Delhi (103r.7as., first class, and 21/15/9. third class for 'bearer'). In the afternoon I went by invitation of the Tagore brothers, both artists, to see an exhibition of modern Indian art which had been got up by them. I met them both there & they showed me round. The Exhibition was not yet open to the public. Many of the paintings in the old style of Moghul art were quite attractive & interesting; others were very poor & trashy & showed the bad effect of contamination with European art. There were some "Cubist" & "Vorticist" examples, but only a few were at all remarkable, & I was frankly disappointed at the 'modern' trend.
text: I left Calcutta by the 8.6 p.m. (R.T.) or 8.30 p.m. (L.T.) Punjab Mail for Mughal Sarai. Cold night travelling. I dined off biscuits & chocolate. A bishop & a young Englishman travelled in my compartment, both very pleasant. They were bound for Lahore. Dead-flat country all the way, & beginning to show the effect of the dry season.