Kalakriti Archives


3rd Floor, Plot No.14 Sabyasachi Building, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034, Telangana, India

Kalakriti Archives (KA) is one of the largest private archives of maps and photographs in India. It comprises the Prshant Lahoti Personal Collection (PLPC), which includes over ten thousand historic maps and plans, having a chronological spread of five hundred years, and some nine thousand vintage photographs from the 19th and 20th century.

Started as an intimate, personal archive devoted to the aesthetics of technologically reproduced images, KA has assumed in a very short span of time a leading role in the visual documentation of South Asian history, politics and culture. Its collections today form a comprehensive pictorial and cartographic record of the history of major Indian colonial cities such as Calcutta, Bombay, Delhi and Madras; princely states like Hyderabad and Himalayan regions such as Kashmir, Ladakh and Darjeeling.
The images in KA provide support to a wide range of scholarly research in art, history and social sciences. Parts of the collection have participated in various exhibitions, namely at the Kochi Biennale, the National Museum in New Delhi, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore and the Musee Guimet, Paris.

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