Music Gallery opens at Udaipur palace
Udaipur's City Palace Museum unveiled a Music Gallery titled 'Symphony of Mewar' on Monday that will exhibit musical instruments that once belonged to the Maharanas of Mewar and used to create magical notes by renowned artists in the bygone era.
The renovation and restoration of Zone D, Zenana Mahal where the Music Gallery is located is being undertaken with financial assistance from the Ministry of Culture under the scheme 'Setting up, promotion and strengthening of regional and local museums'.
The exhibition has on display 23 royal musical instruments and belonged to members of the Mewar family, some of which are over 100 years old.
This makes the collection unique as it is a continuation of the family's personal interest in music and preservation of these musical instruments and yet another shining example of 'Living Heritage' practiced by Eternal Mewar.
It was unveiled by Rolee Agarwal, Commissioner - Income Tax, Ahmedabad, Gujarat in the presence of Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, Chairman and Managing Trustee of Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF) and 76th Custodian of the House of Mewar.
Remarking upon the idea behind opening such an exhibition for musical instruments, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur said, "This gallery is just another step towards preserving Mewar's living heritage with various commercial and non-commercial sectors of Mewar striving to do so. The foundation of this Music Gallery at City Palace is connected to the same project of preserving our heritage."
The royal family of Mewar has always appreciated and patronized classical music. 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.
(Posted on 23-05-2013)