Music Today supports revival of rare Darbar music


To mark the occasion and official launch of rare Darbar music recorded by the late HH Maharajadhiraj Maharaja Sumer Singh of Kishangarh, the present Maharaja HH Brajraj Singh and his wife Maharani Meenakshi Devi of Kishangarh came to host an event at Dusit Devarana, New Delhi, on 1st March 2014. The event was organized with support from Music Today, the music division of India Today Group.

It is a coming together of live music recorded in Kishangarh of the  darbars of Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kishangarh in the fifties and sung by nightingales of the courts then: Lalitabai (Kishangarh), Allah Jillai Bai (Bikaner), Gauhar Jaan Niyazi (Jaipur) and Gauri Bai (Jodhpur).

Seen gracing the occasion was Maharaj Jai Singh – Jaipur, Princess Siddhi Kumari of Bikaner, Maharaj Raghuvendra Singh Rathore- Jodhpur and Princess Sarveshwari Kumari of Kishangarh, who each represent the musical legacy of their  respective states. The guest of honor for the evening was Shriji Arvind Singhji Mewar. The evening was well attended by music enthusiasts and the who’s who from Delhi’s social circle.

“It is a great moment for me, I have grown up listening to these wonderful voices perform live. I feel privileged and honored that I have been able to preserve and recreate the magic of the bygone era. These great works were preserved and recorded by my father and being able to carry this legacy forward is truly an honor indeed.” –said His Highness Maharaja Brajraj Singh of Kishangarh.

The CD was launched in association with Music Today. On this occasion, Ms. Mala Sekhri, COO – Music Today said “Music Today is Happy to support the preservation of Indian culture and tradition. The recordings are rare and to be able to share them with music lovers around the world through our network is a proud moment for us.”

Talking about the launch, Jaideep Anand, Area General Manager, Dusit India, said, “We are extremely happy to host the launch of Rare Darbar music recorded at Kishangarh at Dusit Devarana New Delhi. We feel events like these showcase not just the Royal lineage of our product, but also the elegance of the setting and service perfectly compliments the ‘rarity ‘of the music.

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