Moment of Pride! Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar Becomes The First Man of India to Receive VIII Women Together Institution Award 2012 at the United Nations

1. June 2012 14:03 by Mr. Bhupendra Singh Auwa in Charities

Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur becomes the first man from India to represent an Awardee of the WT Award for “Contribution to universal culture” at the United Nations. The award recognizes his leadership and work through the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur. It is a unique case study of governance at the highest level that mankind can aspire to, both in personal and business environment. The only other Indian to win this award is Ms Ela Bhatt of SEWA.

The Women Together Association (WT) is a nonprofit organization created in 1996, which in association with the United Nations, focuses on eradicating poverty. In accordance with such aim, WT promotes Microcredit financing and development industries such as local arts and crafts in underdeveloped countries, thereby empowering the individual and improving health and education. Women have been the main force in these industries and beneficiaries of such financing. Women Together honors prominent people in their fields who have contributed to this mission.

The Women Together Awards promote the implementation of ethical, philosophical, moral, economic, scientific and cultural values that open new horizons for the future of humanity. They also recognize personal and institutional achievements, mainly those that constitute a relevant contribution to universal culture and help reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals.

The MMCF is the largest of the nine public charitable institutions set up in 1969 to sustain the responsibility of the House of Mewar towards humanity after the amalgamation of the State of Udaipur, Mewar into the Republic of India in 1947. For over four decades, the MMCF, currently hiring a 260-member team has invested in mainly four areas: academia, eco-conservation, philanthropy and heritage conservation. In 2011 alone, it ploughed back, it’s own resources, close to US$ Two million for 32 projects it undertook. At its core, the MMCF is a symbol of a conscientious, uncompromising commitment of the House of Mewar to the founding principle of ‘Eternal Mewar Custodianship’ established in the year 734 AD.

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Financial Aids by MMCF

30. May 2012 18:45 by Dr. Mayank Gupta in Charities

Financial aids cover a diverse range of charitable expenditure here at Eternal Mewar and MMCF plays a crucial role in the same. In the past, donations have been made toward sports, encouraging traditional form of knowledge, medical initiatives, educational institutes, arts, promotion of women's rights, cultural institutes and many more. Donations are made without discrimination or favour but on the basis of the cause.

Details of some recent financial aids:

- Support to 9 Grenadiers (Mewar)
After independence the Sajjan Infantry and Bhupal Infantry created by Maharana Sajjan Singh ji A.D. 1874-1884 and Maharana Bhupal Singh ji A.D. 1930-1955 were merged in the Mewar Infantry in 1948 and later on called Indian Army Regiment of 9 Grenadiers (Mewar). A special link remains between the Grenadiers and Mewar. The MMCF frequently comes forward to contribute towards the welfare of this regiment.

- In December 2006 the Foundation welcomed 'Frozen Dunes to Sand Dunes' – Mewar Motorcycle Expedition of 9 Grenadiers (Mewar) at The City Palace Complex. 10 past Commanding Officers were present on this occasion along with the present CO Col. PK Airy.

The expedition, starting in Nathula in Sikkim, reached Udaipur after crossing West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Bihar and Haryana. It was flagged into the City Palace by Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar. Led by Lieutenant-Colonel Kulveer Singh, along with Maj. R S Karakoti and Capt. DN Jha, it crossed these states using back-roads and little known tracks, meeting ex-military men staying in far flung villages on the way.

The MMCF sponsored the three day visit, including cultural entertainment for the expedition members featuring, amongst other things, including The Legacy of Honor – The Mewar Sound and Light Show and dining at HRH properties. The officers also toured The City Palace Museum and the Crystal Gallery. A conclave for the Commanding Officers was held at the Garden Hotel and Restaurant.

- Honouring the War Widows of 9 Grenadiers (Mewar) Regiment    

This award function was held at Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh on the 14th November 2007. Representing Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Mr. and Mrs. Bhupendra Singh of Auwa attended the function and presented a cheque of `11000 to each of the twenty one War Widows, on behalf of The Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation. The 9 Grenadiers (Mewar) Regiment presented ` 10000 in cash, a Shawl and silver goblet to each War Widow. The function was attended by officers of the regiment 9 Grenadiers (Mewar) with their wives and some Ex Officers from Mewar. Brig. Arumy Raj SM Commandant Grenadiers Regimental Centre, and Mrs. Arumy Raj, Col. PK Airy Commandant 9 Grenadiers (Mewar) and Mrs. Airy were also present at the occasion. The ceremony was held to coincide with a Biennial Conference and Reunion of The Grenadiers.

- In 2008, on the occasion of Chittor Day, the MMCF donated Rs. 2,07,220 to the 9 Grenadiers (Mewar) towards procuring curtains with unit and Mewar infantry Logo for use in the dining hall and barracks and Melamine crockery sets for the use of the Jawans.

- On Chittor Day, 2009, Rs. 2,80,000 was donated towards procuring sports equipments and establishing a multi-purpose gym for the training of sports teams. Mementos were also presented to each soldier on the occasion.

- During the 707th Chittor Day Celebrations held from 25th - 27th August 2010, organized by 9 Grenadiers (Mewar), MMCF donated a 32 KVA (silent) generator set of worth ` 3,89,000 towards improving the standards of living of the Jawans of the Unit. Mr. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur attended the celebrations along with serving / retired Officers and PBORs.

- Accepting an invitation from Major Gen SK Bhardwaj, SM Colonel, The Grenadiers, Shriji visited their Regimental Centre at Jabalpur on the 26th and 27th March 2011 where Shriji visited the museum before a dinner hosted in his honor when he was presented with a memento by Major Gen S.K. Bhardwaj, SM. Shriji addressed the guests and presented a 'Jai Mewar Shield' to the Grenadiers Regimental Centre Officer's Mess. He also presented souvenirs from the House of Mewar to senior serving and retired officers.

On the 27th March Shriji attended the Dedication Ceremony of a War Memorial which was inaugurated by the Colonel of the Regiment, Major Gen S.K. Bhardwaj, SM. Shriji was bestowed with an Honorary
Membership of The Grenadiers Association and took the Grenadiers oath.

Shriji addressed All Ranks and their families and laid a wreath at the Memorial to honor members of the Regiment who had sacrificed their lives for their country in battle. Shriji was presented with the Regimental Flag on behalf of The Grenadiers Association by Major Gen S.K. Bhardwaj, SM.

- In a brief ceremony at The Durbar Hall Sabhagaar, Fateh Prakash Palace Convention Centre, Udaipur on 10th May 2011, Shriji was presented with a reproduction of the original colours of the Mewar Bhupal Infantry which was disbanded before its merger with the Indian Army on the 1st April 1951. The reproduction of the original colours of the Mewar Bhupal Infantry was gifted by Col. Kulvir Singh, SM. Unable to be present for the occasion, Commanding Officer and All Ranks, The 9 Grenadiers (Mewar). Sub. Ved Paul and Gdr. Sunil Kumar represented the Army Unit.

- Women' s Education and Development

Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur was the chief guest at the Graduation Ceremony of Mrs. Helena Kaushik Women's College, Jhunjhunu, organized on 31st July 2004. Shriji inaugurated a new lecture room constructed with the financial assistance from the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation. He delivered a key note address at the National Seminar on Women's Education and Development. On request of the college Shriji agreed to train the students and faculty members in organizing events and functioning of the trust at Udaipur. 10 students and faculty members came to Udaipur for Maharana Mewar Foundation Annual Award Distribution Ceremony 2005.

- Donation of an ambulance to the Police Department, Udaipur

Mr. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur donated an ambulance on behalf of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation at a function, organised on the 7th December 2007 by the Police Department, Udaipur. Mr. Gulabchand Kataria, Home Minister, Rajasthan was Chief Guest at the function when he flagged off the ambulance. He applauded the improvement of the roads in Udaipur but expressed his concern at the increased number of vehicles and particularly the high speeds that are causing accidents.
Although Police presence at an incident is rapid, the lack of emergency facilities remains a cause of concern. The ambulance gifted by the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation would therefore be a considerable asset to medical

- Support to 'Nirmal Ashray' Senior Citizen Home, Gajner, Bikaner

On 8th September 2009, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur attended a ceremony held by the National Public Charitable Trust, Gajner, Bikaner, and laid the Foundation Stone of 'Nirmal Ashray' Senior Citizen Home, Gajner, Bikaner. The organization contributes to the social needs of people as well as working in education and the arts. MMCF also donated Rs. 5 lac towards the project.

- Support to Save a Child Charitable Trust, Udaipur

Save a Child Trust (SACT) is a humanitarian project started by Dr. Kirti Jain, GBH American Hospital in January 2009 to help children with spinal deformities. Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur was chief guest on the 26th September 2009 when Save a Child Charitable Trust, Udaipur was inaugurated at The Durbar Hall, Fateh Prakash Palace.

- Donation to the Udaipur Chapter of Eye Bank Society

On the 10th November 2009 Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur presented a donation of Rs. 1 lac to the Udaipur Chapter of Eye Bank Society on behalf of the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation. The society has five chapters across Rajasthan. The Udaipur Chapter has currently achieved second place in the league table where 30 donations have been made that restore sight to the visually impaired. Dr. Arun Bordia, President, Eye Bank Society, Udaipur Chapter thanked Shriji for the donation. Guests present at the occasion included Dr. BL Baser, Dr. CK Nagar, Dr. Ashok Berwa and Mr. NK Nagar.

- Visit of Participants and Members of XVI National Youth Festival 2011

Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation provided complimentary passes to 1835 participants and members of the XVI National Youth Festival (NYF) 2011 who visited The City Palace Museum during their stay in Udaipur from 12th to 16th January 2011. For the first time Udaipur hosted 5000 participants from all 35 States and Union Territories took part in the XVI National Youth Festival 2011 (NYF) from the 12th to 16th January 2011. Government officials and number of young enthusiasts were joined by the presence of foreign delegations from ASEAN and SAARC. The Government of Rajasthan organized the festival in collaboration with the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and National Service Scheme (NSS). MMCF also sponsored mementos in the form of wall clock, specially designed for all 5000 participants of National Youth Festival 2011.

Societies, Ashrams, Organizations and other bodies which receive Donations and Financial assistance from the MMCF are:
- Shree Anant Sewa Ashram, Nagpur

- Bahudsiya Sewa Samiti, Indore

- Rajput Samuhik Marriage, Jaipur

- Shree Prayag Giri Maharaj, Khas Aodhi, Udaipur

- Shree Sagasji Baoji, Gulab Bagh, Udaipur

- Shree Sagasji Baoji, Picholi, Udaipur

- Maharastra Samaj, Udaipur

- Guman Gyan Sansthan, Laxmanpura, Udaipur

- Meera Kala Mandir, Udaipur

- Viklang Kalyan Samiti, Udaipur

- Sargam Kala Parishad, Nathdwara, Rajasamand

- Ayapaa Sewa Samiti, Udaipur

- Ashadham Ashram, Udaipur

- Bang Samaj Durgabadi Samiti, Udaipur

- Shakti Darshan Satyanand Tapobhumi, Mumbai

- Faizy Hussain Committee, Udaipur

- Udaipur District Cricket Association, Udaipur

- Pacific College, Udaipur

- Shrimad Dayanand Satyarth Prakash, Udaipur

- Umang Sansthan, Jaipur

- Chief Minister Relief Fund, Rajasthan (Flood)

- Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Udaipur Marathon)

- Shree Kshtriya Pratibha Vikas Evam Shodh Samiti, Ajmer

- Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh

- Hope for India Foundation, Mumbai

- Mayo College, Ajmer (Environment Park)

- Aurodhan, Pondicherry

- Idana Mataji Temple, Udaipur

- Lions Club, Udaipur

-  Wild Life Trust of India, Noida (to support their work to preserve the fauna in Rajasthan and reintroduce Schedule 1 species into private nature reserves)

- Eye Bank Society of Rajasthan, Udaipur

- Department of Economics, MLSU, Udaipur (91st Annual Conference of Indian Economic Association)

- Mayo College, Alumni, Mumbai Charity Trust, Mumbai

- Deaf and Mute School (Badhir Vidhyalaya), Ajmer

- National Public Charitable Trust, Gajner Bikaner (Senior Citizen Home)

- Pt. Ganpat Rao Memorial Society, New Delhi

- Rajasthan Mahila Mandal, Udaipur

- Ustad Imamuddin Khan Dagar, Indian Music Art and Culture Society, Jaipur

- UCCI - Ahar River Project, Udaipur

- The City Palace Postal Extension Counter, Udaipur

- Ganga Seva Nidhi, Varanasi

- Bhhatyani Dipotsav Samiti, Udaipur

- Ramdevra Satsang Bhawan, Jaisalmer

- Alakh Nayan Mandir, Udaipur

- Naka Madar Residents Welfare Society, Ajmer

- Mahila Arya Samaj, Mahadeo Temple, Ajmer

- Shree Shree 1008 Shree Sagas ji Bav ji, Gulab Bagh, Udaipur

- Shree Shree 1008 Shree Sagas ji Bav ji, Picholi, Lake Pichola, Udaipur

- My Clean School Sansthan, Ajmer

- Faith Healer Pattrick, Goa

- Pratyush, Udaipur

- Dilrang Academy, Mumbai

- Omkareshwar Mahadev Temple

Eco-Management Initiatives by MMCF: Bio-electro Magnetic Energies Survey

29. May 2012 19:32 by Dr. Mayank Gupta in Charities


- Syenergy - Phase 1 (October 2005): An assignment was given to M/s Synergy, New Delhi to study subtle Bio Electro Magnetic energies in The City Palace Complex, Udaipur premises and their impact on people and functions. Their study covered the background, objective, scope, methodology, time, cost, organisation set-up, some of the projects & study was undertaken with a note on subtle energies and the various aspects of the premises. This study presented a further insight and helped various other architectural, archaeological and scholastic studies. It gave an insight to others as to how heritage buildings can be planned for modern usage.

- Syenergy - Phase 2 (July 2006): In continuation to Phase 1, another assignment was given to M/s Syenergy, New Delhi to study the Space Ene r g i z ing (Ene r g y c o r r e c t i ons and Enhancement) work of the selected areas of The City Palace Complex, Udaipur premises and their impact on people and functions.

- Synergy - Phase 3 (June 2008): The phase 3 was with an objective to check the energy levels, correct if any disturbances have come due to renovations or changes to maintain the good energy of the place and sustain the work carried out earlier. They did the survey of the complex & various buildings and checked the existing energies and location of various symbols, which were fixed during the correction and enhancement process. The 'Space Energizing' visit of The City Palace Complex was reviewed from 20 – 25 June 2008 and the report was submitted.

3. The Dewas Project

The ambitious Dewas project aims an important part of the future of water resource management in the region. The objective of the project is to provide drinking water to 186 villages in the area. Phase 2 was scheduled for completion by the end of 2009 and to provide supplies until 2040. The project is a collaboration between various government and para-government bodies and other environmental bodies.
A comprehensive report on Dewas Project II was prepared on the 10 January 2009 by MMCF with the association of Irrigation Department, Udaipur and was distributed to all the engineers and dignitaries for the awareness of the project. The project report of Dewas Project was updated on 29.04.2010 which includes the maps and plans; charts; technical data; budget allocation; historical perspective; impressions up to the 31 March 2010. MMCF organized a symposium on the Dewas Project II at The Durbar Hall, Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur on the 15th January 2009 and presided over by Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Chairman and Managing Trustee, Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation and Shri Gulabchand Kataria, Member of Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Udaipur.
Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur was appointed as a Chairman of Implementation and Coordination Committee - Dewas Project, Udaipur to pursue the continuity of the project; allocation of funds and completion of the project in its time frame. On 11th January 2009 Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur visited Dewas to inspect the second phase of The Dewas Project. He was accompanied by a number of Engineers and Ex-Chief Engineers from the Irrigation Department. In praising the engineering techniques used, Shriji said that local people would learn about the project only through their marketing strategies.
On the 23rd September 2009 Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur held a meeting with Mr. Ashok Gehlot, Honourable Chief Minister of Rajasthan. He was accompanied by Mr. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur and Udaipur Dignitaries to discuss the completion of the Dewas project established to safeguard the lakes of Udaipur and preserve the charm and beauty of the city.
Participants at the meeting included Mr. Virendra Siroya, President, UCCI; Mr. Arvind Singhal, Patron UCCI; Mr. Paras Singhvi, President, Udaipur Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Tej Razdan, Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti. The group was lead by Mr. Gulabchand Kataria, Udaipur City MLA.

3. The Ahar Project

The Ecological Restoration of Ahar River and Ecological Improvement of Udai Sagar Lake through Bio Technique Project aims to create a pollution free environment and habitat and to rejuvenate the Ahar River and Udai Sagar Lake with eco-technology and ecological engineering. MMCF is nominated in Water Resources & UCCI-Ahar River Project Sub Committee of
Udaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Udaipur for the year 2010-11.

An interactive meeting with Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India, New Delhi and Prof. S. P. Gautam, Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi on River and Lake Conservation of Udaipur was organised by Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti, Udaipur and MMCF at The Durbar Hall, Fateh Prakash Palace on the 22nd May 2010.

Introducing the proceedings Mr. Anil Mehta, Joint Secretary, Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti gave a welcome address. This was followed by a presentation by Dr. Tej Razdan, Secretary; Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti and a release of a documentary film on the Ahar River Eco-Restoration Project. Keynote addresses were also made by Dr. Kasturirangan, Prof. Gautam and Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur focusing upon its importance and also applauded the role played by public-private partnership. The session concluded with an interactive session coordinated by Mr. Mehta followed by an informal Brunch. MMCF is an active member of UCCI - Ahar Project Sub Committee.

Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar and other dignitaries releasing a documentary film on the Ahar River Eco-restoration Project

Delegates attending the meeting at The Durbar Hall on 22nd May 2010

Interactive session during the meeting at The Durbar Hall on 22nd May 2010

Reception for Cast & Crew of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

14. May 2012 21:55 by Vinita Sharma in Events & Shows

The 76th custodian of the House of Mewar, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar has been instrumental in creating the brand Udaipur. His continuous effort to preserve the heritage and create a sustainable model has made the whole world give Udaipur its due importance. These efforts have opened up many avenues for people to come to Udaipur instead of keeping it just a tourist destination. His initiatives and involvements have worked as a catalyst in making Udaipur a place that offers much more than palaces, monuments and temples and bringing more revenue and prosperity for the economy as a whole. This is what we call destination of excellence!

Upcoming Hollywood movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was also shot in Udaipur. Actress Celia and Judi Dench in a snapshot with Shriji. Hollywood films or Bollywood blockbusters, the Udaipur mystique has continued to bewitch these film-makers for the last 50 years! It is not just The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, there are countless films that have attempted to weave into their narrative the Udaipur skyline, the distinctive arches and domes of its City Palace complex, besides of course, the palaces and island-palaces like Jagmandir and Jagniwas (aka Lake Palace Hotel). No doubt, there is a huge element of exotica in these characteristic Udaipur frames, captured on celluloid. But more than exotica, there is something quintessentially Indian about these 'shots'. Probably the reason why it continues to appeal to both Western and Indian audiences. It satisfies them; it brings them 'home to India'. Of course, it is now a stereotype but one that continues to delight, reassure and charm its audiences. The clear-blue skies reflected in the waters of Lake Pichola, the shimmering reflections of the palaces...the fascination with Udaipur and India never ceases

Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur hosted cocktails at Shambhu Niwas Palace, Udaipur for the cast and supporting team who had been staying in Udaipur for the filming of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The star-studded cast included Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench and Mr. Bill Nighy. Mr. John Madden, the producer and his wife Penny, Mr. Graham Broadbent with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Earle Broadbent and Ms. Caroline Hewitt, Co-Producer were also amongst the guests with other members of the cast Mr. Tom Wilkinson, Mr. Ronal Pickup, Ms. Ceilia Imrie, Ms. Diana Hardcastle, Ms. Penelope Wilton, Mr. Dev Patel, Ms. Tena Desae and Ms. Pinkie Kavangh. Mr. Richard Hanlon, Ms. Patricia McFarlane and Mr. Perry Garfinkel were also present. The cast and support team were also welcomed by Smt. Vijayraj Kumari Mewar of Udaipur and Mr. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur.

Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar has been invited for a special screening of the movie, 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' on 16th May 2012 by Fox Star, India.

Keep watching this page for exclusive updates of the screening!

Custodian - Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar in the Cover Feature of Harmony magazine

9. May 2012 11:51 by Vinita Sharma in Eternal Mewar

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