- Posted February 21, 2013 by
New Delhi, India
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
The portable bioscope as I remember was a dying species even when I was young. Dilapidated versions of this machine would be trundled about on baby prams by down and out people along the streets of Indian villages, towns and cities. The machine had a gramophone with a large horn blasting some popular song to attract children.
The bioscope-wallah would stop on demand and for a few paise would show a reel of pasted together photographs of the sights of the world. He had a prepared speech to go with the unrolling and the high point always was the fat lady. The photographs included the Taj Mahal,Queen Victoria, King George V and the universally popular 100 maund washer-woman or the washerwoman weighing a hundred tons. Within minutes the show was over and you were left devastated wishing for more.
I was surprised to find this bioscope-wallah at Dilli Haat in New Delhi. He attracted both the young and the old. These biscope or bioscope machines are at least fifty years old or more.