• Short Summary

    The Duke of Edinburgh was garlanded by Scouts on arrival at Aurangabad Airport, north west of Bombay, Jan 29, for a tour of the Ellora and Ajanta religious caves.

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    1.
    GV Duke of Edinburgh's plane arriving at Aurangabad airport.
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    SCU Duke at controls.
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    CU Duke steps down from plane and is greeted by the Forestry Minister of Bombay government
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    SV Duke receives garlands and flowers.
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    GV Duke inspects scouts and guides.
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    GV Pan From sign saying "Forest Dept Welcomes You" Pan to Duke and party at planting ceremony.
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    LV Duke planting small tree.
    8 ft

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    SCU Duke watering tree.
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    GV Showing the Ellora caves in background.
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    10.
    GV Ditto.
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    11.
    LV Showing sculptured elephant.
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    CU Ditto.
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    GV Temple and elephant.
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    LV Duke and party mounting steps to temple.
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    CU Statue of Shiva in a dancing pose.
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    TV Pan Duke and party looking at stone carvings Pan to same.
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    SCU Stone carvings on wall.
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    SV Statue with many arms.
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    GV Ellora caves.
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    LV Duke entering Ajanta caves and meeting officials.
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    CU Buddha inside the temple.
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    SV Duke in foreground looking at frescoes.
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    SCU More paintings.
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    SCU Pan from Duke being shown frescoes.
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    CU Ditto.
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    LV Duke and party leaving temple towards camera.
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    Background: The Duke of Edinburgh was garlanded by Scouts on arrival at Aurangabad Airport, north west of Bombay, Jan 29, for a tour of the Ellora and Ajanta religious caves. He was driven by car to Ellora where he planted a commemoratory tree.

    The crescent shaped rock formation of Ellora rises from the great Indian plain. Hewn from the rock, inside and out are murals, frescoes, sculptures, monasteries and temples of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain origin. Most remarkable of these is the Kailasa Temple, 164 feet wide and 96 feet high, scooped out of solid rock. Inside are lavish life-size sculptures of animals and idols.

    Some of these carvings are nearly 2,000 years old and the most well-preserved and finest examples of Indian art.

    The Duke Jan 30 motored north-west to the Ajanta caves. These religious carvings and temples are of Buddhist origin between 563 and 483 B.C. The last one was completed about, a thousand years later. For ten centuries Buddhist monks chiselled and painted the rocks. Carving 29 chapels and monasteries. Frescoes deal mainly with Buddhist folk-lore and legends. One powerful example of the exquisite work is the spirit of Buddha passing from worldly life.

    From Ajanta the Duke drove to Bombay to meet the British citizens and attend a garden party at Jinnah House, Deputy High Commissioner's residence. Later he lunched with the chairman of the Indian Atomic Commission, Dr. Homi Bhadd. The following day, Jan 31, he flew to Madras.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACQN0T5X7VYS8FVLW35YYPY15T
    Media URN:
    VLVACQN0T5X7VYS8FVLW35YYPY15T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
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