Nisha Rathode (Editor)

Pran Nevile

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Occupation  Author-Scholar
Genre  Art, Culture & History

Name  Pran Nevile
Role  Author
Pran Nevile httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommons55
Born  October 22, 1922 (age 93) Lahore (1922-10-22)
Education  Government College University
Books  Lahore: A Sentimental Journey

BEGUM AKHTAR -'Kya Hua jo khizr humko' |PRAN NEVILE ARCHIVES |

Pran Nevile (born October 22, 1922) is an Indian author of Indian Art, Indian Culture & Indian History best known for the 1992 book, Lahore - A Sentimental Journey. He is an authority on pre-1947 Lahore and Nautch.


Early life

Nevile was born in Lahore and took his post graduate degree from Government College. He had a distinguished career in the Indian Foreign Service and the United Nations. During his tenure he was posted in Japan, Poland and Yugoslavia, former USSR and USA. He was also Director of the State Trading Corporation; and in-charge of 7 countries in East Europe. His last posting was Consul General of India in Chicago. He also had a 6-year tenure as Program Co-ordinator with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva looking after East Europe. His specialization has been in trade with Comecon countries that include East Europe and former USSR. After retirement, he turned a freelance writer and specializes in the study of Indian art and culture.

Author and scholar

His particular fascination with the performing arts inspired him to spend nearly seven years researching in the libraries and museums of England and the U.S.A. to enable him produce the sumptuously illustrated 'Nautch Girls of India' in 1996. Highly acclaimed by the media it was considered to be a pioneering work on the subject of dance and music as well as their practitioners through the centuries. Nevile has written extensively for Indian newspapers and journals. He is the author of other well known books such as 'Lahore - A Sentimental Journey', 'Love Stories from the Raj', 'Rare Glimpses of the Raj', 'Beyond the Veil - Indian Women in the Raj', 'Stories form the Raj - Sahibs,' Memsahibs and others', K.L. Saigal - Immortal singer and superstar and lastly 'Marvels of Indian Painting - Rise and Demise of Company School'.

Nevile has been invited by several institutions in India and also universities in England and U.S.A. to speak on themes related to Indian art and culture. He has also acted as a consultant for two BBC documentaries on the Raj viz. 'Ruling Passions' and 'The Land of Kamasutra'.

KL Saigal Memorial Circle

Nevile is the founder and convener of the 'KL Saigal Memorial Circle, which is dedicated to remembering Singers of yesteryears. Details about events held by KL Saigal Memorial Circle can be found at KL Saigal Memorial Circle - Official Website


  • Marvels of Indian Painting: Rise and Demise of Company School, Nevile Books (2007)
  • KL Saigal - Immortal Singer and Superstar, Nevile Books (2006)
  • Beyond the Veil - Indian Women in the Raj, Nevile Books (2005)
  • Stories from the Raj - Sahibs, Memsahibs and Others, Nevile Books (2004)
  • Rare Glimpses of the Raj, Somaiya (1998)
  • Nautch Girls of India: Dancers, Singers, Playmates, Ravi Kumar Publisher (1996)
  • Love Stories from the Raj, Penguin (1994)
  • Lahore - A sentimental Journey, Allied Publishers (1992)
  • The Raj Revisited, Niyogi Books.
  • References

    Pran Nevile Wikipedia