durbar

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durbar

a. (formerly) the court of a native ruler or a governor in India and British Colonial West Africa
b. a levee at such a court

Durbar

 

(also darbar), in medieval Muslim states the term denoted both a council of notables under a monarch and a formal reception. In the latter sense the word was widely used in colonial India; durbars were held by the viceroy of India and by provincial governors. In Afghanistan in the early 20th century the word was used in both senses. In present-day Iran there is a darbar-shah court.

durbar

In India, an audience hall in the palace of a prince.
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After that another durbar was held in honour of the visiting Queen Elizabeth of England in 1956 in Kaduna.
History would repeat itself at the just concluded durbar, when the current emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi, came into the venue in the same 1956 Rolls-Royce.
In 1973, a durbar was held in honour of His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in Kaduna, while another was held in 1977 in Kaduna to honour the contingents of the first Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (Festac77).
It was gathered that at the 1977 durbar, two Emirs - the Emirs of Zazzau and Jama are attended the durbar as young rulers.