Millionaire Asia captures the Best of Royal Living in India with Shriji

5. August 2013 11:30 by Team Eternal Mewar in Eternal Mewar

We know it! Millionaire Asia showcases the lifestyle of the radiant millionaires and caters to niche audience. The Indian chapter of the magazine, for its 6th anniversary edition interviewed Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar on the ‘Living Heritage’. During the interaction, Shriji unveiled to the magazine what is close to his heart, the pleasure of being able to take the legacy forward, his prized collections and learnings of life. And his denotation of luxury, wealth and success in his life.

Anuradha kaul from Millioaire Asia perceives Shriji as a multifaceted personality, from being an aviator to a hotelier, who is respected for his strategic thinking, business acumen and ethical conduct. As the 76th custodian of the House of Mewar, he has among other things, modernized and extended the heritage variable into a strong family business, headquartered in Udaipur and spread across Rajasthan and India.

On being asked what his most prized possession was, Shriji promptly said, “Our heritage is our equity. It is our identity and remains our most prized possession. It can neither be bartered nor sold; it has to be preserved and developed.” His definition of being wealthy: “If I can keep on reading, understanding and living by the percepts of Bhagvad Gita, which is kept on my bedside table, then I am a very wealthy man.”

Gandhi’s glasses come home from London

9. July 2013 16:41 by Team Eternal Mewar in Charities | Museums & Galleries

The multiple award-bagger film ‘Gandhi’ needs no introduction. And Ben Kingsley? Of course not! And who could forget the legendary Gandhi glasses he wore in the film!

Recently, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar attended a Celebratory Charity Gala event hosted in the honour of the director, Lord Attenborough in London. At the event, as he met the Oscar award-winning producer of the film, Lord David Puttnam, he was presented these glasses as a token of thanks for Eternal Mewar’s undiluted support during the making of this film. Speaking on the occasion, Lord Richard Attenborough, “I was in Udaipur during 1980’s for shooting a sequence for my film Gandhi. My wife, my family and colleagues were given such a warm welcome by the royal highness, I don’t think I have seen anywhere on earth as beautiful as this. The time we spent in Udaipur was simply miraculous. In my heart, my second home is India and I don’t think it will ever change. I know the famed Gandhi’s glasses have found a good home where they are likely to be appreciated by many over the coming decades.”

Udaipur’s City Palace Museum has how added this legendary piece to its vast collection with pride and pleasure. The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation in its quest for preserving and protecting the rich living heritage of India has added them as a classic Indian memorabilia which is scattered around the world and brought it back to the country with which it is closely associated. "This exclusive piece is one of the biggest splashes of any legendary things that we've had before. Gandhi is one of the best movies that represent the epic leader and we are delighted to have the famous glasses worn by Sir Ben Kingsley in our collection. It makes the collection even more unique and adds another shining example of keeping the art, craft and music of Mewar alive on a global platform," said Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar.

The Gandhi’s spectacles will be kept on public display from 20th July in the City Palace Museum.

Knowledge sharing by MMCF adds to responsible tourism

26. May 2013 16:43 by Team Eternal Mewar in Eternal Mewar

The House of Mewar and its Maharanas have always lived upto the values of integrity and honesty. All the reigns have seen their Maharanas safeguarding their heritage with utmost love and responsibility. So is seen with Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, the 76th Custodian of Mewar in all his actions and teachings.

Shriji’s guidance percolates in the initiatives by MMCF to contribute towards Responsible Tourism in Rajasthan. As part of this initiative, MMCF conducts a Guide Orientation Programme each year in the summer under which it imparts extensive knowledge to the tour guides on the History of Mewar and the lineage, Architecture, Culture and the Heritage. This keeps the guides informed which further ensures correct information reaching our guests in Mewar. On the other hand, it generates confidence and excitement amongst the tour guides about their city while adding to their resume.

For this summer, the programme commenced on 24th May  with different topics every Friday for 6 weeks between 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the COMPO Conference hall. What’s included is an interesting orientation with the Cuisine of Mewar. With much more knowledge sharing planned for this summer, we will keep you posted with the latest on this programme. So keep reading and sharing your thoughts with us. As responsible tourists, you are invited to suggest topics for this orientation programme. If your suggestion gets picked, you’re in for a treat! So get writing and leave us your suggestions in the comment box.

A journey from Pebble Beach to beyond. Via Udaipur!

6. May 2013 23:00 by Claus Mueller in Museums & Galleries

The Royal Udaipur Rolls-Royce GLK 21 - Proud Winner of 'The Lucius Beebe Trophy'

I met His Highness Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur at Pebble Beach, when he showed his wonderful, bright blue 1924 Rolls-Royce GLK-21, 20 HP Barker Tourer who finally won the Lucius Beebe Trophy. This was the first ever Pebble Beach trophy for an Indian entry,” says Claus Mueller - collector, racer and Managing Director of the Munich Café Racers.

It was great pleasure to visit Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar in his home, the City Palace of Udaipur, during the Holika Dahan festival, this year. What an incredible experience! Beside participating on both the traditional performances and the Holika Dahan ceremony as well as exploring the City Palace Museum, I visited the Royal Vintage and Classic Car Collection.

Two different personalities, miles apart, chasing a common passion

This is not a usual car museum. It is way beyond! All 20 classics which on display are cars of the royal family. They were used on a regular basis when new and found their place in the VCCC once retired. Many, if not most of them, are still in first hand. That makes them not only vintage cars, but pieces of history and tradition of the Mewar dynasty, to be cherished for years to come.

I was deeply impressed by the original and unrestored appearance of some of the cars. My personal favorite of the survivors is the 1930 Rolls-Royce Tourer GNS II 20/25 HP which was converted into a ‘safari car’ back in the days. The front fenders tell their own stories and I hope that nobody ever thinks of restoring her. It’s a delight to realize that all cars are in working condition and they are still used occasionally. I saw for myself, one of the huge 1938/39 Cadillacs being in charge during the Holika Dahan ceremony!

The carefully restored cars are pieces of beauty and works of art by themselves. Especially if they are not overrestored. A wonderful example is GLK-21, the Pebble Beach trophy winner. As I learned from the book ‘The Royal Udaipur RR GLK 21 Classic drive from Derby to Udaipur to Pebble Beach and Continues’ (which I can recommend not only because of the amazing history of the objective car but because it clearly shows what it takes to restore a vintage car!) the poor car sat in a corner of the City Palace for decades after being cannibalized for spare parts until the Maharana decided to restore her to former pride. So finally the old lady got back her original blue color and today she with no doubt is the Queen of the collection. What a great story! Its heartwarming to see my passion for classic cars being shared by the Maharana of Mewar!

Is this all for real?

VCCC is a live and standing example of how the buildings are built for their particular purpose. Back then all cars in Udaipur belonged to the royal family. So there is no question that the former Mewar State Motor Garage has its own pump station with the original Burma Shell pumps, one of which is still usable. What is a restaurant today used to be the workshop and the building of the HRH Garden Hotel served a living quarters for mechanics and drivers. I mean, this is a real ‘dream garage’ for me!

Let me take this chance to recommend the Royal Vintage and Classic Car Collection to every car guy visiting Udaipur – and to all other visitors, too.

 

Happy Birthday to Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar!

11. December 2012 17:42 by Vinita Sharma in Eternal Mewar | Events & Shows

13th December 2012 is Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar's birthday!

We are extending the joyous event to everyone… You can share your birthday wish or message for our beloved Shriji here and we will make sure he receives all your love!

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