Ram Gopal and Alicia Markova – Photograph

Series nameRam Gopal: 1960 - 1969

This monochrome photograph features Ram Gopal with Dame Alicia Markova (1910 – ), the world renowned English ballerina. The image was taken in March 1960 by the Press Association-Reuters. It depicts the dancers in a classical Indian posture during rehearsals at London’s Prince’s Theatre, for a duet choreographed by Ram Gopal, called ‘Radha-Krishna’.The image features the prominent use of a blue biro pen used by Ram Gopal himself, to define areas of his body. The process of re-touching by hand, was a common practice employed by the media and famous people in the 1950s and 1960s, similar to the use of software packages to re-touch images today.

Date of Creation / Publication1960
Associated Person/ OrganisationGopal, Ram
Collection and Reference NumberRam Gopal Collection (GB 2661 RGL)
Catalogue NumberRGL/DEC/1960/1
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Ann David, academic researcher and friend of Ram Gopal, and with Pam Cullen, Executor of the Ram Gopal Estate.
Series notesThis grouping showcases several advertisements for Ram Gopal's school of dancing. Photographs and flyers from the 1960s are also featured.
Collection notesThe digitised material in the Ram Gopal Collection dates back to 1938 and includes black and white as well as colour photographs, several flyers and extracts from books including Ram Gopal's autobiography. The items also include newspaper articles, images of dance costumes, slides, advertisements and performance programmes.