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SANGEET SAMRAT Ustad Razzab Ali Khan
 
Ustad Razzab Ali khan born at Narsinghgarh in 1948 on the occasion of Janamashatmi. He got his education in music in Kolhapur. But his work mainly concentrated in Dewas. Because of his ability various emperors honoured him. In 1909 maharaja of Mysoor awarded him with "Sangeet Bhushan". Maharaza of Kolhapur awarded him with Sangeet Ratna, While musical society of Mumbai gave him the honour of Sangeet samrat.
 
In 1953-54 First President of India Dr. Rajendra Prasad honoured him with the highest Award of indian music. Along with the art of singing he was also expert in BEEN a flute type instrument.
 
He was a very simple living person. He believed in simple living high thinking. He was one of the brightest Diamond of Malwa's music garland. People of Dewas still feels his presence by means of his Music. This greatest star of music died on 8th January, 1959.
 

 

 

 

Kumar Gandharv
Kumar Gandharva is a phenomenon in Hindustani Classical Music. He has the distinction of having achieved profound innovative musicianship and compositional skills. His contribution to contemporary Indian Classical music is unique and of far reaching consequences.
 
Born on April 8, 1924 at Sulebhavi in Belgaon District of Karnataka, Shri Shivputra Komkali, as a child prodigy in music, was affectionately nicknamed "Kumar Gandsharva" reminiscent of the ever youthful celestial musician Gandharva of the Hindu mythology.
 
In his childhood Kumar displayed exceptional grasping abilities to reproduce the renderings of the old masters of music like Abdul Karim Khan, Om karanath, Vazebuwa, Faiz Khan, Kesarbai, etc. This enabled him to develop further and Systematically his musicianship under "Prof. B.T.Deodhar", whose catholic outlook and encouraged him to take inspiration from the other contemporary musical idioms.
 
It has taken long arduous years for Kumar to evolve a musical style of his own. It required courage, born out of musical sensitivity characteristic of unusual perception, to provide a different profile to a number of traditional ragas and to conceive of some new ragas to suit his aesthetics. It is rightly believed that of all the Indian Arts, Indian Classical music has preserved the authentic Indian Spirit the most and its genuineness has the sanction of classical texts and uninterrupted oral tradition, which has a good measure of lineage pride and cultivated prejudices. In such a milieu, Kumar has disturbed some sacred cows, attracting both, bricks and bouquets. In fact our raga music which has a tradition of some 2000 years has the inner vitality to permits devotees to realize its beauties from their peculiar perceptions. Kumar has shown his choice and persistently he draws our attention to it through every genre of music he handles be it a convention raga or a raga designed by him or a thematic songs or a bhajan or a folkutune. It is the internal musical design revealed through tonal colors of Kumar´s voice that makes the distinction.
 
The traditional fare does provide scope for creative abilities, but it can hardly yield a new experience, which Kumar does offer, it may either by through a bandish composed by him it may be through his own rag composition, like Saheli Todi, Malavati, Lagna Gandharav, Bhihad Bhairav or Sanjari. In Kumar, we find assimilation and resurrection of divergent musical styles an alchemy of all that he found worth his inspiration one attractive feature of his style. Is the conscious use of unusual accentuation in utterance of Bol-S raga phrases, coupled with sudden flights of tanas; these feature of Kumar´s style have remained inimitable.
 
In Indian Classical Music today no other Musician other than Kumar Gandharav exhumes in greater measure the spirit of the modern times the spirit of experimentation and deliberate innovation based on inner conviction and commitment of a genius. Norms of tradition religiously followed by classical musicians, particularly in the vocal art music have received a different handling in Kumar Gandharav. The tradition bound musicians and listeners are sometime rudely shaken. Musical orthodoxy looks askance at the innovations of Kumar.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Year     Award/Honour
2nd Feb. 1966   Honors from Khetia kala Mandal
12th Oct. 1962   Honorary D. Muse award from Akhil Bahrtiya Gandharva Mahavidhalya
11th Feb. 1973  Honorary D. Lit. award from Vikram University, Ujjain.
10th Aug. 1973  State Honor from M.P. State Govt.
6th Dec. 1974    National Honour from Kendriya Music Ntak Academy, New Delhi
1977     PADAM BHUSHAN from Indian Government
1982-83 Shikhar Samman from Madhya Pradesh Govt.
8th Apr. 1984     Honor and an amount of one and half Lac rupees from Gandharva University, Delhi on his Sixtieth Birthday
1985     Kalidas Samman
1989     Fellowship from Sangeet Natak Academy and President Award
1990     PADAM VIBHUSHAN from India Government.
 
Bank Note Press

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bank Note Press, Dewas, an industrial unit of Government of India, ministry of finance, Department of Economic Affairs, was conceived in the year 1969 and estiblished in 1974. It is situated near the famous Chamundeshwari Hillock in the small town of Dewas, in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, spreading over an area of 185 Hectares.
 
     It was then the only unit to adopt the new technology of Intaglio Printing in the South Asian Region and in a very short time, could become a dominant player in the arena of printing high denomination notes with higher security features. For the last 30 years, Bank Note Press is engaged in the sovereign function of printing and meeting the ever-increasing demand of higher denomination bank notes by RBI. It was established with the objective of producing world class, high quality, new family bank notes to impede forgery by incorporating the then latest modern techniques like, the Intaglio Printing, the Dry Offset Printing with security features such as continuous bleed of tints, interlock designs, see-through designs, use of fluorescent inks etc.
 
    It is one of the fairly big, old and unique industrial unit of its kind in and around Dewas, having great bearing on the economy and living standards of the people of the region. In the midst of nearly 250 small and medium size industries of Dewas, it is truly like a jewel in the crown.
 
   The unit got the distinction to be the first and only unit under the C&C Division of the Ministry of Finiance to achive the coveted ISO : 9001 for the Quality Management System and ISO : 14001 for the Environment  Management  System, a stamp of our adherence to the Internal Quality System both for production and environment.
 
   The design of Bank Note Press and machinery and technology for establishing the unit were obtained by entering into a contract with one M/s DLRG and Konic & Bauer, now known as KBA Giori S.A., Switzerland, pioneers in the manufactures of security machines and allied equipments. The production was established in the year 1974 and first consignment of new family of notes were remitted to Reserve Bank of India in March'1975.
 
  Bank Note Press has been equipped with all the facilities for printing and processing of the bank notes of high quality and has various wings to control various activities like printing, quality control, engineering, examination group, ancillary and administrative group. The Central Industrial Security Force has been entrusted with the maintenance of security, law and order etc. of both the press area and the colony area.