Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905)
- The Doyen of Indian Photography
Maharaja of Indore, Tukoji II after seeing his work encouraged him to set up his studio at Indore. Deen Dayal then obtained the patronage of the Governor General of India in 1874. He accompanied Sir Lepel Griffin on his Central India tour during which he photographed Gwalior, Khajuraho, and other Central India sites.
He was honoured in 1885 by Lord Dufferin and appointed as official photographer to the Viceroy. He had the unique honour of being appointed as photographer to Queen Victoria in 1887.
The Nizam VI of Hyderabad, Mahboob Ali Pasha visited his studio and invited him to Hyderabad. Deen Dayal then shifted to Hyderabad and photographed the Nizam during his hunting expeditions, wedding ceremonies, visits by foreigners, and other royal families.
The Nizam conferred the title
of "Musavvir-i-Asaf Jahií" and "Raja Bahadur Musavir Jung" on him.
He won many awards in exhibitions in India and abroad, notable the World Colombian Commission in 1893 in USA. In 1896 he expanded his business and opened his studio at Bombay which was patronized by both Indian and the British.
Raja Deen Dayal had three sons Gyan Chand, Dharam Chand and Dhyanchand. Gyan Chand and Dharam Chand had largely assisted him in his studio. The death of his son Dhyanachand in 1896 followed by Dharam Chand in 1904, and his wife a year later shattered him and he too passed away at the age of 61 years, on 5th July 1905.
10.02.2017 Students of Gargi college Siri fort Road, New Delhi
02.02.2017 - Ms. Kishwar Desai, Chairperson, The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust along with Mrs.Deepali Khanna former Member Secretary, IGNCA
24.01.2017 - Ms. Nirmala Sharma, Trustee, IGNCA
24.01.2017 - Students from Department of History, Sri Venkateswara College
22.12.2016 - Kendriya Vidyalaya No-1 Delhi Cantt-10
30.09.2016 - Smt.Smriti Zubin Irani visited Raja Deen Dayal Gallery
22.09.2016 - Shri Girishwar Mishra, Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha, Maharastra visit to Raja Deen Dayal Gallery
21.09.2016 - Shri Dadipadmajee and Shri Sunil Dogra visited Raja Deen Dayal Gallery
06.09.2016 - Nageen Tanvir, visited IGNCA to see Gallery