Innovation is the name of the game

17. July 2013 09:20 by Team Eternal Mewar in Eternal Mewar

Business magazine, The Next Women, interacted with Padmaja Kumari Parmar to dig into the nitty-gritties of running a family business. What we’re talking about is not just a family business but a colossal 1500 years old dynasty being kept innovatively alive in the modern era. With pride and conviction as strong as the majestic walls of the dynasty. Padmaja has already found a place in leading newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, National Geographic (Russia), Vogue Italy, India Today, Hello, The Times of India, DNA, Beautiful People, and Express Travel & Hospitality. And now comes The Next Women, a magazine on a mission to build The Female Business Brand for entrepreneurs, executives and investors. As she comments, “There are no two days which are the same; you are constantly pushing yourself to think outside the box, which in a family business goes beyond just a cliché. There is always multifaceted growth within family business; that’s just the nature of the job!”

Click here to read an insightful coverage on the young and self-motivated entrepreneur and what she has to say!

Wedding bells are soon to ring in the House of Mewar!

17. July 2013 09:02 by Team Eternal Mewar in Eternal Mewar

Merry and celebration will be in the air of Mewar as Baojiraj Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of Udaipur's soon-to-be held wedding to Maharaj Kumari Nivritti Kumari Singh Deo of Patna Balangir sees the beginning of auspicious ceremonies today.

With utmost pride for culture and his legacy, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, father of the bridegroom to be, has announced all ceremonies will be held in the most traditional style. The first in the string of events is Manvar Patrika (intimation in advance), which kicks off with a colourful procession from Shri Shiv Shakti Parisar in Zenana Deodhi, The Zenana Mahal, Udaipur to the royal residence, Shambhu Niwas Palace, Udaipur. A group of pandits and purohits of the House of Mewar will perform an elaborate prayer ceremony in honour of the legendary silver ink pot. Ink from this ink pot will then be used to write the invitation letter or patrika which will be taken to all the deities in a total of 21 temples with one of them being Shri Eklingji temple. This is done to invite the Gods as the primary guests at the wedding and seek their blessings. This ceremony will spread across several days, post which formal invitations will be personally made to the esteemed guest list.

Now that the momentum of the wedding is set to rise, please stay tuned with us here as we share with you our moments of joy till the nuptial day!

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.

BlackBook, June 2013 edition spotlights two of our galleries!

22. June 2013 08:30 by Team Eternal Mewar in Eternal Mewar

Luxury trade magazine, Blackbook, has covered the opening of our music gallery – ‘Symphony of Mewar’ as well as the photo exhibition ‘Long Exposure’ in its June edition. It is indeed a pleasure to become a placeholder in this luxury bible. At the same time, we’re delighted to have found a sought after platform to enlighten readers of greater capacities with the arts of a golden era.   

Remarking upon the idea behind the music gallery, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur said, “The foundation of this Music Gallery at City Palace is connected towards preserving Mewar’s living heritage.” The royal family of Mewar has always appreciated and patronised classical music. It was in Mewar that a new genre of temple music known as ‘haveli sangeet’ found its way into the court, setting foundations for Dhrupad and Dhamaar Gayaki. Elaborating on the photography exhibit, he adds, “This photographic exhibition is a veritable sea of stories and every frame tells a different one. While the stories and anecdotes are part of the family history, they are at the same time biographies of historical figures that were instrumental in bringing about paradigm shifts in the history of our country.”

About BlackBook

This monthly luxury trade magazine documents and archives the evolution of the Indian luxury industry and tracks the country's attempt at becoming a serious playground for the biggest international brands. With in-depth stories that dissect consumer behavior pattern, market white papers, interviews with the leading purveyors of Indian and international luxury, and features that track every new trend in the industry, the product brings the biggest luxury stories and news from India and around the world to the desks of people who matter within the industry. Readership: Decision-makers, global travellers and consumers of luxury. It is published by Mediascope Publicitions from Mumbai.

The ‘Sacred’ unveiled in Strasbourg

6. June 2013 15:51 by Team Eternal Mewar in Charities | Events & Shows

The recent capture of the ‘Living Heritage’ Duo – Strasbourg and Udaipur commenced with a momentum in Strasbourg on 22nd May 2013. The photographic works of the two photographers, Albert Huber from Strasbourg and Anuradha Sarup from Udaipur were put together under the title ‘Seeking the Sacred’ and is attracting more eyeballs each day.

Albert Huber, a veteran photographer, has dedicated 50 years to capturing humanity across European countries, North Africa, USA and the Pacific islands. At the inaugural of this month-long exhibition, he said, “These 40 photographs on display are examples of how we are united by our sacred geography. My photographic eye, my mind and soul were captured by the sights and sounds of Udaipur and Rajasthan.” The inaugural ceremony was attended by Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg and received with much appreciation.

Anuradha Sarup, who has been photographing Udaipur since 2001-02 as a resource person with Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation observed, "Both Strasbourg and Udaipur are so distinct in their character - one being an ancient European settlement while Udaipur is a 450-year old city built by the Maharanas of Mewar - yet the spirit of the past is very alive in both these heritage cities. It was a challenge for me to capture the 'sacred' through the historical, cultural and religious identities of its people. Like Udaipur, Strasbourg has a ‘living heritage’. The city and its people have adapted beautifully to changing times. Quite appropriately the two are ‘Twin Cities’. I was delighted to experience the warmth of Udaipur’s Atithi Devo Bhava in the hospitality and affection of the people of Strasbourg.”

An eye on the horizon

Udaipur and Strasbourg are now 'Twin Cities' committed to foster heritage-based sustainable development through community participation, conservation of cultural and natural resources and revenue generating activities for the locals.

 Dr. Mayank Gupta, Deputy Secretary of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation which has been the moving force behind the Joint Cooperation Agreement said, "At MMCF we are confident that the photo-exhibition will open new avenues of understanding between the people of our two cities. It will provide access to various artists of different faiths while inspiring art, stimulating international research and digital knowledge exchange. We will make all attempts, when the photo-exhibition moves to India, to take it to the people. We strongly believe in the concept of 'living heritage', and ‘Seeking the Sacred - Photographic Exhibition (Viewpoints - Strasbourg – Udaipur)’ demonstrates the unifying strength of living heritage in Udaipur and across the world."

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