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.

Seeking the Sacred - Photographic Exhibition starts today in Strasbourg and coming to Udaipur

22. May 2013 18:30 by Team Eternal Mewar in Eternal Mewar | Events & Shows

Starting today, the ‘sacred in Udaipur’ will be exhibited in the LIBRAIRIE KLÉBER, STRASBOURG. The exhibition titled ‘Seeking the Sacred - Photographic Exhibition (Viewpoints - Strasbourg – Udaipur)’. The exhibition is organised by the City of Strasbourg, France and the Festiv Musiq Sacrees Monde: Strasbourg. The exhibition is a part of the festival ‘Sacrées Journées of Strasbourg’ and will be on display from 22nd May to 18th June 2013. It will also travel to Udaipur later this year and be on display at The City Palace Museum, Udaipur.

The exhibition features the photographs of Mr Albert Huber, an acclaimed photographer from Strasbourg, who visited Udaipur in April this year. Mr Huber’s photographs capture the living heritage of Udaipur and the multi-religion richness of its people. (http://www.alsace-culture.com/artiste-albert-huber-2.html)

Photographs capturing the ‘Sacred in Strasbourg’ by Ms Anuradha Sarup complement Mr Huber’s photographs of the living heritage of Udaipur at the exhibition. On the invitation from the City of Strasbourg and supported by the Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation, Udaipur, she travelled to Strasbourg in March-April to photograph the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities that form the rich cultural diversity of the city. Ms Sarup has been photographing Udaipur since 2001-02 (www.anuradhasarup.com) as a resource-person with MMCF.

The festival ‘Sacrées Journées of Strasbourg’ is a 3 day celebration of sacred music from across the world. The 2013 programme includes 16 performances, devoted to 6 different religions from 10 countries.

The artists from India are:

  1. Ms Shantala Subramanyam , Ensemble Dakshin (Flute) http://shantalaflute.com/
  2. Bombay Jayashree Ramnath (Carnatic music) http://bombayjayashri.com/

The exhibition ‘Seeking the Sacred - Photographic Exhibition (Viewpoints - Strasbourg – Udaipur)’ is an activity under the Joint Co-operation Programme (JCP) which was signed between Indian Heritage Cities Network Foundation, UNESCO India Office, New Delhi; Udaipur Municipal Council; The City of Strasbourg (Municipalite de Strasbourg), France and Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur for three years 2011-2013 to strengthen Udaipur's knowledge base, develop a framework and undertake activities to preserve its heritage and develop international collaboration and partnerships for heritage-based projects in Udaipur . The exhibition aims to encourage international community participation and to work on the sustainable development of Living Heritage based on the strength of its traditions.

MMCF believes that the exhibition will open new avenues of understanding between people and provide access to various artists of different faiths. The exhibition will inspire creativity and stimulate international research digital knowledge exchange.

For more detail on the Udaipur-Strasbourg Joint Co-operation Programme please visit http://www.eternalmewar.in/media/newsletter/templates/2011/nl121/Vol121_17.html

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Symphony of Mewar spreading music far & wide

Monday, May 20th 2013 saw the opening of the royal gallery of musical instruments – Symphony of Mewar at The Zenana Mahal, The City Palace, Udaipur. This gallery is a tribute by Shriji to the Living Heritage of Mewar and a haven for music connoisseurs. It was inaugurated by Ms. Rolee Agrawal, IRS, Commissoner of Income Tax, Ahmedabad on the 20th.

On the day of inauguration, a guided tour of the gallery was followed by performances. Then were acknowledged and welcomed, the students and artists of Maharana Mewar Public School (MMPS), Udaipur. A delightful performance by the school orchestra created the perfect ambience and a platform to introduce Dr. Poonam Joshi and her accompanying artist, Ustad Naseer Husaain Khan on the tabla. The musical evening was a perfect curtain-raising ceremony for Symphony Of Mewar which promises to keep the heritage of Mewar alive and take its passion of music to the world.

A soft launch on May 18th witnessed 85 renowned tour guides expressing keen interest to get a preview of the gallery. They were highly impressed with the quality of work and displays and are eager to present it to the world. Mr. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, Executive Director, Historic Resort Hotels Pvt. Ltd. during his interaction with the guides, apprised them that MMCF has opened two new galleries of international level within a short span of 90 days.

Shriji commented, “Symphony of Mewar is a collection of one single family with most of the instruments being used by a family in the earlier times. The collection is unique and some items on display have never been seen by lot of people”

The gallery now welcomes you to step back in time for a while and experience the breathtaking royal musical instruments for yourself.

About Dr. Poonam Joshi:

Dr. Poonam Joshi (Kathak Dancer and Sitarist), hails from Nainital, Uttar Pradesh. She is a gold Medalist in Sitar from Rajasthan University, Jaipur and Doctor of Music in Sitar from Banaras Hindu University, Banaras. Presently she is Head of the Department of Music (Instrumental), Government Meera Girls PG College, Udaipur 313001, Rajasthan. She is 'A' Grade Classical (Sitar) Artist from All India Radio, Jaipur since January 2000. She has received several accolades over the years and  has performed at various festivals and national level programmes.

'The Music of the Maharanas' article on Udaipur Plus

Symphony of Mewar – a royal collection of musical instruments

14. May 2013 15:51 by Team Eternal Mewar in Eternal Mewar | Events & Shows


Legend has it that the royal family of Mewar has always appreciated and patronized classical music. Amongst several names are Rana Kumbha, Rana Sanga, Rana Raimal, Meera Bai, Rana Amar Singh I and Rana Raj Singh I of the yester years. It was in Mewar that a new genre of temple music known as ‘haveli sangeet’ found its way into the court of Mewar and set foundations for Dhrupad and Dhamaar Gayaki.

The legacy of classical music and Dhrupad per say has come a long way, witnessing new developments and picking up more and more connoisseurs enroute. Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, the 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar prides himself in keeping the kindle alive. He is the Chairman and Managing Trustee of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation and has been making innumerable successful efforts to keep the art, craft and music of Mewar alive on a global platform.

Symphony of Mewar, a royal collection of musical instruments is a tribute by Shriji to the Living Heritage of Mewar. The gallery stands amidst The Zenana Mahal, The City Palace, Udaipur. It will be an exclusive preview of the musical instruments that once belonged to the Maharanas of Mewar and created magical notes for the renowned music artists. An opportunity of a life-time and a beautiful example of passion, Symphony of Mewar shall raise its curtains on 20thMay 2013 for viewing.

We look forward to hearing from you if you have any relevant information to add to this post or would like to visit ‘Symphony of Mewar’.

Feel free to leave us a comment here or write to us at mmcf@eternalmewar.in

A tale of two cities united in spirit

2. May 2013 11:27 by Team Eternal Mewar in Eternal Mewar

Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Strasbourg (France) are true legendary examples of a ‘Living Heritage’. The two cities may exhibit diverse cultures and people but the link between each city’s yesterday and today cannot be ignored – a striking similarity shared by cities that are seven seas apart!

Carrying the Torch of Heritage

In the desire to keep the heritage alive, a Joint  Co-operation  Programme  (JCP)  was signed  between  Indian  Heritage  Cities  Network Foundation,  UNESCO  India  Office,  New Delhi; Udaipur  Municipal  Council;  The  City  of   Strasbourg  (Municipalite  de  Strasbourg),  France  and  Maharana  of Mewar  Charitable Foundation (MMCF), Udaipur. The JCP, signed for  three  years (2011-2013)  aims to enlighten Udaipur and preserve the city’s heritage while developing international  collaboration  and partnerships  for   heritage-based  projects  in  Udaipur.
 
The Sacred Quest

As part of the programme, the City of Strasbourg and the Festiv Musiq Sacrees Monde: Strasbourg are organizing a photograph exhibition titled ‘A sacred quest to Strasbourg and Udaipur’. This exhibition will be part of the festival ‘ Sacrées Journées of Strasbourg’ that will take place in Strasbourg, France in May 2013. The exhibition will also be held at The City Palace, Udaipur later.
For this exhibition, acclaimed photographer from Strasbourg, Albert Huber was welcomed in Udaipur and Anuradha Sarup, a respected photographer from MMCF was in Strasbourg. The  purpose was to capture the art, culture and heritage of the two cities with a beaming fresh perspective and connecting them with a bond of harmonious similarity.
 
Legends on the Lens, Memories in the Heart

Both the photographers were back in their respective countries with a wide collection of photographs and memories of the partner cities forever buried in their hearts now. Here’s what they have to say:

Udaipur as Albert Huber describes:

“A happy photographer. In historical Udaipur, I am the happy photographer. I photograph the narrow streets and living and the baroque palaces, plants in wonderful places. I photograph the extraordinary royal palace, example of this mélange of art, fancy and historical memories. I photograph the women in Shitlamata temple, the Protestants celebrating Good Friday in the North India Church and Muslims at prayer in The Paltan mosque. I will come again to Udaipur.”

Strasbourg in the words of Anuradha Sarup:

“It was an honour to have this opportunity to meet the community leaders in Strasbourg and understand their historical, cultural and religious identities.
Most striking was the similarity between Strasbourg and Udaipur. Not in their outward appearance perhaps but in the harmony that exists between their past and present.
Like Udaipur, Strasbourg has a ‘Living Heritage’. The city and its people have a strong association with their historical, cultural and religious identities yet embrace the contemporary with vigour. They have adapted so well to changing times,” said Ms Sarup, who braved the rain and cold to photograph Strasbourg’s sacred heritage.
“Truly ‘Twin cities’ the warmth of Udaipur’s Atiti Devo Bhava was experienced in the warm welcome and hospitality of the people of Strasbourg,” she commented during her stay there. She had the opportunity to interact with the Mayor’s office and several officials, civil servants and coordinators who were as charming as they were gracious.
“From the grand Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, the serene Grande Mosquée  and  the impressive Synagogue de la Paix to the simpler churches and the daily life of its people, Strasbourg is a delight to photograph,” said Ms Sarup who vows to go to Strasbourg when it is sunny and bright so that she can capture its brilliant skies and distinctive skyline.

For Your Eyes Only

The photographic collection consists of 40 exclusive pictures of both cities selectively chosen by the two photographers. MMCF is confident that the exhibition will open new avenues of understanding between people and provide access to various artists of different faiths. It will inspire art, stimulate international research and digital knowledge exchange. The exhibition will be of benefit for professionals and academicians. It aims to encourage international community participation and to work on the sustainable development of ‘Living Heritage’ based on the strength of its traditions.

Here’s your chance to view this exclusive photographic tale of the two cities. Register right away by simply writing to us on festivals@eternalmewar.in or leave us your email id in the comment box below.

 

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