KGF: Archival Photographs of Mines in Colonial Period (1930-40s)
Director: Janaki Nair; Cinematographer: R V Ramani
Duration: 00:09:03; Aspect Ratio: 1.366:1; Hue: 33.570; Saturation: 0.162; Lightness: 0.357; Volume: 0.052; Cuts per Minute: 8.273; Words per Minute: 11.471
Summary: Janaki Nair: Women should be, their necks should be glimmering...(with gold)
Archival photographs are recorded in this video. According to the historian Janaki Nair, there may be no other record or preservation of these photographs other than via the footage shot for her film 'After the Gold'. The photographs are of colonial India, including that of the British management, the workers outside the mine and down in Gifford Shaft, which then went down to approximately 1000 meters below sea level. This is followed by a drive through the small dormitory town of Kolar and ends that the Bharat Gold Mines Ltd Employee's Union office.
Archival photographs from colonial India, probably dating back to the 1930s. These photographs are of Kolar, the workers at the mine and underground in the mine upto Gifford Shaft or 1000 meters below sea level.
Kolar Gold Field, Kolar District, Karnataka
J. Nair: Women should be, their necks should be glimmering...
J. Nair: Light is flashing, by the way...
Ramani: It says go to Robertsonspet.
J. Nair: Andersonpet
J. Nair: This guy sitting down with his hat on the ground, he's a Britisher. The other white man on the left hand side with the hose around his neck, is an Italian.
A picture of the famous John Taylor of John Taylor and Company that first set up the mines in Kolar. John Taylor set up the mines as early as 1850s, and from 1880 onwards undertook the systematic mining and extraction of gold from Kolar.
Drive through the small town of Kolar. The filmmaker, driver and camera person get lost for a bit. At the end there is footage of the flag with the communist symbol on it.
Bharat Gold Mines Employee's Union CITU Office gate
A man walks into the BGML Employee's Union office and is briefly interviewed by the filmmaker. There is only an excerpt of this interview (in English) that is recorded here.
J. Nair: So can you begin by giving a little bit of background about your relationship with KGF? Your own background in KGF?
Yes yes. I was studying in St Mary's High School. Then, in 1939, when the second world war broke, I joined this movement, the trade union movement.