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Malik Ambar: Legacy of an Ethiopian Ruler in India    Among the tens of thousands of men, women, and children captured in Africa and sold into slavery in the Middle East and India was an Ethiopian of fierce determination: Malik Ambar. Born Chapu in 1548 in Harar, transformed himself into a king-maker in India’s Deccan, leading the most powerful military force against Mughal rule.

Malik Ambar: Legacy of an Ethiopian Ruler in India Among the tens of thousands of men, women, and children captured in Africa and sold into slavery in the Middle East and India was an Ethiopian of fierce determination: Malik Ambar. Born Chapu in 1548 in Harar, transformed himself into a king-maker in India’s Deccan, leading the most powerful military force against Mughal rule.

Sita Devi Remembered Pt1 - Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala (1915-2002). Sita Devi, wife of Prince Karamjit Singh of Kapurthala, was one of the most glamorous women of her day, and a muse for European photographers Man Ray and Cecil Beaton. Hear her grandchildren's stories about her.

Sita Devi Remembered Pt1 - Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala (1915-2002). Sita Devi, wife of Prince Karamjit Singh of Kapurthala, was one of the most glamorous women of her day, and a muse for European photographers Man Ray and Cecil Beaton. Hear her grandchildren's stories about her.

Sita Devi Remembered Pt 2 - Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala (1915-2002). Sita Devi, was one of the most glamorous women of her day, and a muse for European photographers Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, and dressed by Mainboucher and Schiaparelli.

Sita Devi Remembered Pt 2 - Rani Sita Devi of Kapurthala (1915-2002). Sita Devi, was one of the most glamorous women of her day, and a muse for European photographers Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, and dressed by Mainboucher and Schiaparelli.

Maharani of Kapurthala, she was named one of the 'Five Best Dressed Women on Earth' at the age of 22 by world's top-most fashion magazines. She went on to become an inspiration for several photographers and couturiers, to the extent that one of them had her collection inspired by this woman's sarees, Can you guess her name?

Maharani of Kapurthala, she was named one of the 'Five Best Dressed Women on Earth' at the age of 22 by world's top-most fashion magazines. She went on to become an inspiration for several photographers and couturiers, to the extent that one of them had her collection inspired by this woman's sarees, Can you guess her name?

In a Familiar Dinner Singh confirmed the fears of a mother Anita's harem of four wives and that he had already given birth to four children, but at the same time assured her that this life is not threatened by the most Anita. She will live in his own house in the Western manner, will be able to come to Europe many times as you wish. And, asking the young Spaniard hands, he offered a Dowry which "could provide the halcyon days of the Delgado family at vitam aeternam», that is to say, forever.

In a Familiar Dinner Singh confirmed the fears of a mother Anita's harem of four wives and that he had already given birth to four children, but at the same time assured her that this life is not threatened by the most Anita. She will live in his own house in the Western manner, will be able to come to Europe many times as you wish. And, asking the young Spaniard hands, he offered a Dowry which "could provide the halcyon days of the Delgado family at vitam aeternam», that is to say, forever.

Kapurthala Bandeau Tiara, India (early 20th c, emeralds, diamonds). Tiara of the Maharani of Kapurthala.

Kapurthala Bandeau Tiara, India (early 20th c, emeralds, diamonds). Tiara of the Maharani of Kapurthala.

Little Known Fact: Louis Vuitton and India have had a long history together dating back to the time of the maharajas! In fact, the Maharaja of Kapurthala (1872-1949) ordered more than 50 customized Louis Vuitton trunks for his clothes, tea and turbans waay back in the day!! It's said the set now belongs to his grandson who holds the same master key.

Little Known Fact: Louis Vuitton and India have had a long history together dating back to the time of the maharajas! In fact, the Maharaja of Kapurthala (1872-1949) ordered more than 50 customized Louis Vuitton trunks for his clothes, tea and turbans waay back in the day!! It's said the set now belongs to his grandson who holds the same master key.