Profile of Attia Hosain – Photograph 3

Series namePhotographs

This photograph is a profile of Attia Hosain taken at the time of her ‘nikah’ ceremony (religious wedding ceremony) in 1933. The ceremony took place the day before Attia Hosain’s final exams for entrance to Lucknow University. Her teacher took Hosain back to her own college rooms so that she could study for the exams. Shama Habibullah, Attia Hosain’s daughter, remembers her saying that this “distraction” prevented her from gaining her usual first place among Isabella Thoburn Scholars! Attia Hosain was the first ever woman from a ‘taluqdari’ family to graduate.

Date of Creation / Publication1932 ca.
Associated Person/ OrganisationHosain, Attia
Collection and Reference NumberAttia Hosain Collection (GB 2661 AH)
Catalogue NumberAH/PHO/3
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or associated person or organisation where applicable
Access to originalsThe originals are located with the Literary Estate of Attia Hosain.
Series notesThis group consists of a series of mainly black and white photographs of Attia Hosain with her family and friends taken throughout her life. Among some of the photographs are pictures of Attia Hosain as a child, her home in Lucknow, India, as a graduate with friends, with writer Mulk Raj Anand and a picture of Hosain as a newlywed with her husband, Ali Bahadur Habibullah.
Collection notesThe material from the Attia Hosain collection consists of items relating to her publications, such as extracts from her novel and her collection of short stories, biographical information such as photographs, and miscellaneous items such as transcripts from BBC broadcasts she made and letters.