Dreams of Tipu Sultan
June 14, 2015 12:20 AM Subscribe
One of the most intriguing items in the British Library Persian manuscripts collection is a small unexceptional looking volume which contains a personal record, written in his own hand, of 37 dreams of Tipu Sultan, Sultan of Mysore (r. 1782-1799). [Complete translation.]A figure of continuing interest, Tipu Sultan's depiction in a 2014 parade float was the subject of a minor controversy, revisited expansively this year in a TV news report. A video history lesson for children offers a brief portrait of the ruler, sometimes remembered for his use of rockets against the British and his anti-British mechanical pipe organ (examined carefully here, but here used to play two tunes, including "Rule, Britannia!").
Tipu also features in several 19th C. novels (e.g. as an uncle of Captain Nemo), a more recent play, and a novel that formed the basis for a lengthy TV drama (subtitled in English). His mausoleum and palace at Srirangapatna and his palace at Bengaluru are open to visitors.
Incidentally, for this year's parade, Karnataka entered a tableau celebrating Channapatna toys (more from Pinterest).
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