History of the Organisation
Ever since olden days Rajasthan is known for its rich heritage of art, culture and architecture. Udaipur – an oasis in the desert state of Rajasthan and ex-capital of the Mewar kingdom bears a unique position. It is known as the City of Lakes and is one of the most favourite tourists’ spot. Rajasthani folk music and dance are extremely famous, colourful, vibrant and melodious that speak of our culture and liked and greatly appreciated even by the tourists from all over the world. Jaipur – the present state capital is one of the epitomes of Indian Classical Music and Dance with ‘Jaipur’ gharana being known in the Hindustani Classical music since years. The State has excelled in all the areas of music viz. Dhrupad-Dhamar, Khayal, Thumri, Dance, Folk music, Mand, Ghazals and is acclaimed by the musicians for the virtuosity. Udaipur (Mewar) was forerunner to keep alive this rich heritage in the state from the kings’ court to Havelis, to temples and thus patronized the culture in the generations. ‘Maharana Kumbha’ who took the charge of Mewar kingdom in the year 1490, was a warrior, conqueror and yet a great patron of literature and music. As a testimony to the victory of battles in his life time, the ‘Vijay Stambh’ in Chittorgarh was built in his memory, while, his book ‘Sangeetraj’ having 16000 Sanskrit verses composed by him is a treasure in music today. Tradition went on and later, well known musicians of yester years like late Uday Shankar, Chaturlal, Dagar Brothers, Purushottam Das, etc. were born in the sacred soil of Udaipur.