Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Colonial Pakistani Hymn

Some British-era churches of the Raj in Murree Hills, Pakistan (formerly British India before 1947) are shown in this video. In the northern Punjabi region near Islamabad. Masonic Lodges in Pakistan also share this unique history. This Imperial style of architecture evolved throughout the nineteenth century in India, reaching its peak in New Delhi.

Murree and Shimla both remained a second home for the ruling elites of India and Pakistan even after the Englishmen’s departure. Much of colonial resorts, golf clubs, and grounds, like most of the colonial assets, were taken over by the military after the independence.

While colonial schools and chapels continued to serve the ruling elites and, like almost all prestigious colleges in both nation, still running on the English patterns, cut off from the outside world.

More on the Convent of Jesus and Mary, Murree.

(Music) "Ave Maria" by Sarah Brightman