Vidur’s Travel Diary – 8 : Gwalior [ B ]


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA           APRIL 26 , 2012           03.45 P.M.

After completing my visit of Jai Vilas Palace , I headed for Gwalior Fort . This fort can be seen from the palace ground itself .

One of the biggest forts of India , Gwalior fort was described by Mughal Emperor Babur as ” The pearl in the necklace of the forts of  Hind . ” It is spread over an area of 3 square kilometres . Its height is 35 feet .

Gwalior Fort As Seen from Jai Vilas Palace Groud

Gwalior Fort As Seen from Jai Vilas Palace Ground

Gwalior is an ancient city . It is said to be stablished by Maharaja Suraj Sen in the 6th century . As per the tradition and folklore , Maharaja Suraj Sen of Kachhwaha clan was a leper . Once , while hunting , he got thirsty and saw this small hillock , known as Gopachal or Gopagiri . He climbed the hillock in search of water and saw a hermit , sitting in a hut and meditating . His name was Galava a.k.a. Gwalia . Sage Galava gave him water to drink . After drinking water , Suraj Sen got cured . Indebted , Suraj Sen constructed this fort and named it Gwalior after sage Galava . Sage Galava renamed Suraj Sen as Suhan Pal and ordained him to keep Pal as his last name . He also said that as long as his progeny and descendents will keep Pal as their last name they will be rulers of this kingdom . Suhan Pal’s 83 generations kept Pal as their last name and they ruled Gwalior . 84th ruler Tej Karna Sen removed Pal and lost the kingdom . Kachhwaha rulers ruled Gwalior for 989 years . Then Pratihars became rulers of Gwalior .

Pratihar kings became rulers of Gwalior after Kachhwaha rulers . 6 generations of Pratihars rules Gwalior and then Sultans of Delhi became the rules for a brief period .

Gwalior fort was later associated with the Tomar rulers , specially Raja Man Singh Tomar . This happened in the 15th century . Raja Man Singh Tomar was the 10th Tomar king and was the most famous . His eternal love story with Gujar princess Mriganayani is still famous . Two of the most magnificent structures in the fort known as Man Mandir and Gujari Mahal , tell the story of his greatness . He was a great musician and is known as the father of the Dhrupad Gharana . Before moving to Akbar”s court , Tansen was the royal musician of his court . Last Tomar king , the 12th king Salivahan Tomar fought at Haldighati for Maharana Pratap .

Then the Mughals became the rulers . During Mughal rule Gwalior fort was used as a prison for special and important prisoners . Akbar imprisoned his first cousin Kamran in this fort and subsequently got him killed there . Aurangzeb also imprisoned and later on killed his brother Murad and his brother Dara Shikoh’s two sons . 6th Sikh Guru Hargobind Singh Ji was also imprisoned here .

When Mughal empire declined , Jats became the rulers for a brief period and finally Gwalior came under Maratha empire . Scindias conquered Gwalior and in 1810 Daulat Rao Scindia made Gwalior his army cantonment and thus Gwalior came to be associated with Scindias and Gwalior fort finally came under Scindia’s control .

Map of Gwalior Fortress Català: Mapa de la for...

Map of Gwalior Fort

Gwalior fort has many famous , magnificent and important structures within its precincts . Each ruler added some structure or other . There is no uniformity , but that , in a way , is the beauty of the fort also . I entered the fort from the southern gate because that is the only gate which has a road . I visited all the structures one by one .

Gwalior Fort - Approach Road Southern Gate

Gwalior Fort - Approach Road Southern Gate

Ramparts of Gwalior Fort - Southern Gate

Ramparts of Gwalior Fort - Southern Gate

From southern gate when you move to the top , you can see ” intricately carved rock-cut temples of 21 Jain Tirthankars . “ One statue of Parshvanath , the 23rd Tirthankar , is 40 feet in height .

Statues of Jain Tirthankars

Statues of Jain Tirthankars

When you reach the top of the fort , the first main structure of importance is Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor , built-in the memory of 6th Sikh Guru Shri Hargobind Singh Ji . Mughal emperor Jahangir imprisoned Guru Hargobind Ji in Gwalior fort for one year and later released him along with 52 fellow prisoners Hindu kings .

Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor

Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor

When you proceed to northwards after visiting Gurudwara , the most famous , the most magnificent structure , which comes to draw your attention , is Man Mandir , palace of legendary Man Singh Tomar . Built between 1486 and 1517 , this grand palace still have some traces of colourful tiles , which adorned the outer walls once.

Man Mandir

Man Mandir

Man Mandir Ground & King's Canopy

King's Canopy In front of Man Mandir

Outer Walls of Man Mandir

Outer Walls of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir - Northern Part

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir - Southern Part

Ornate Interiors of Man Mandir - Southern Part

Hathi Pole - Main Gate of Gwalior Fort

Hathi Pole - Main Gate of Gwalior Fort

After having a round of Man Mandir , when you come out and proceed further northwards , there are several old dilapidated structures and crumbling palaces , which attract your attention . Most famous among them are ; Jahangir Mahal , Shahjahan Mahal , Vikram Mahal , Karan Mahal and of course Gujari Mahal .

Entrance of Jahangir Mahal

Entrance of Jahangir Mahal

Jahangir Mahal - Interiors

Jahangir Mahal - Interiors

Shahjahan Mahal

Shahjahan Mahal

Hawa Mahal - In Between Jahangir Mahal & Shahjahan Mahal

Hawa Mahal - In Between Jahangir Mahal & Shahjahan Mahal

Gujari Mahal As Visible from Hawa Mahal

Gujari Mahal As Visible from Hawa Mahal

Gujari Mahal As Visible from Hawa Mahal

Gujari Mahal As Visible from Hawa Mahal

Vikram Mahal

Vikram Mahal

Vikram Mahal

Vikram Mahal

Karan Mahal

Karan Mahal

Karan Mahal

Karan Mahal

Gwalior City As Visible From the Fort

Gwalior City As Visible From the Fort

I completed visit of fort after this . Apart from above mentioned palaces , there are several others , which I missed . I could not visit Bhool – Bhulaiya , Teli Ka Mandir , Sas – Bahu Ka Mandir and Scindia Public School .

May be I would be able to visit these places next time . But will there be next time ? Would I be able to visit them again ? May be yes …… May be not …….

May be , I will be visiting the fort again in near future . May be , I will be visiting it after many years . May be never ……… may be never , ever ……….

Still I wish to visit Gwalior fort one more time . But ……………

Agyeya’s line come again to my mind .

पार्श्व गिरि का नम्र चीड़ों में , डगर चढ़ती उमंगों सी ;

बिछी पैरों में नदी ज्यों दर्द की रेखा , विहग शिशु मौन नीड़ों में ; 

मैंने आँख भर देखा , दिया मन को दिलासा ; 
पुनः आऊँगा , भले ही बरस दिन , अनगिन युगों के बाद ;

क्षितिज ने पलक सी खोली , दमक कर दामिनी बोली ;
” अरे यायावर ! रहेगा याद ? “
………………………………………………..अज्ञेय 
[ Tenderness of mighty mountains reflected in pine trees ,
Upward moving pathways symbolizing my enthusiasm ,
River , flowing deep down like a line of pain ,
Tiny tots of birds sitting silently in their nest ,
I saw everything with contentment ,
Consoled myself , I would come again ,
After a year or may be after ages ……….
Horizon opened its eyes , lightning dazzled in the sky ,
As if saying ………………
O Wanderer ! Would you ever even remember ? ]

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Vidur’s Film Diary – July 2011


MUMBAI – MAHARASHTRA – INDIA                   AUGUST 01 , 2011                05.30 P. M.

This is the 27th edition of my Film Diary.

First six months of 2011 are over and it was fairly successful. Second half started with a bang with a path-breaking film Delhi Belly . ” Ready “ and ” Singham “ continued the dream run at the box office. Please go through the twitter handles of  eminent trade analysts Mr. Taran Adarsh and Mr. Komal Nahta for better understanding of the trade picture.

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B.O. update: ‘Delhi Belly’ opens very well, ‘Bbuddah H.T.B.’ starts slow bit.ly/aQZHc9
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‘Bbuddah HTB’: Weekend 1 business stands at Rs 7.06 cr nett. Breakup:- Fri 1.91 cr, Sat 2.45 cr, Sun 2.70 cr.
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 ‘Delhi Belly’: Weekend 1 numbers [Rs 26.15 cr nett] are amongst the highest. Breakup:- Fri 7.15 cr, Sat 8.25 cr, Sun 10.75 cr.
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 Opening wknd of Aamir Khan‘s last 3 films. ‘Taare ZP’ 15 cr. ‘Peepli L’ 16 cr. ‘Dhobi G’ 10.05 cr. Expecting ‘Delhi Belly’ to be 22 cr +.
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Bbuddah HTB’: Picked up over the weekend and remained steady on the lower side on weekdays. Collected approx Rs 11.55 cr nett in Week 1.
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Top 3 openers of 2011 *so far*: 1. Ready. 2. Delhi Belly. 3. Double Dhamaal.
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B.O. update: ‘Murder 2′ starts very well, ‘Chillar Party’ depends on word of mouth bit.ly/aQZHc9
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‘Murder 2’: Stiff competition at plexes from ‘DelhiB’. Yet, M2 should fetch impressive numbers over wknd since reports are extremely +ve
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 Friday: ‘Murder 2’ is phenomenal at single screens, ranks second best after ‘Ready’. At plexes, has limited shows, doing good to very good.
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 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara‘ Week 1: Fri 8 cr, Sat 9.25 cr, Sun 11 cr, Mon 5 cr, Tue 4.5 cr, Wed 4 cr, Thu 3.65 cr. Total: Rs 45.4 cr nett.
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 B.O. update: #Singham roars, greeted with ceetees, taalis, standing ovation bit.ly/CjxWd
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 Singham’ Mon 6.10 cr, Tue 5.52 cr, Wed 4.95 cr. Total 47.42 cr nett. Superb.
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‘Singham’ Tue 5.40 cr. Total 42.47 cr nett. Fabulous. Should easily cross Rs 50 cr mark in Week 1 itself.
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Top 10 * Opening Weeks * – 1) Dabangg 81 cr, 2) 3 Idiots 80 cr, 3) Ready 68 cr, 4) Ghajini 64 cr [8 days], 5) Golmaal-3 62 cr … contd.
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 Top 10 * Opening Weeks * – 6) Raajneeti 52 cr, 7) Singham 51.25 cr, 8) MNIK 47.5 cr, 9) Housefull 47 cr, 10) Tees Maar Khan 46 cr.

Komal Nahta

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 Weekend BO: Delhi Belly – Rs. 23.25 cr & Bbuddah… – Rs. 6.65 cr (all-India nett). More: bit.ly/ivvf7X
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MURDER 2 has taken a flying start and will, therefore, get profits for everyone. Review: http://bit.ly/n5J3cF
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Chillar Party will not be able to do much at the ticket windows. Review: http://bit.ly/rjqqRl

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Obituary :

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Daan Singh :

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A talented music composer Daan Singh died last month. But the news came late and I was not aware of his death , so could not write about him last month in my June Diary.

Daan Singh passed away on June 18 , 2011 in Jaipur after a long illness. He was 78 at the time of his death.

He gave music for many films but only three films got released. ” Toofan ” [ 1969 ] , ” My Love ” [ 1970 ] and ” Bawandar ” [ 2001 ] . Among these three films ” My Love ” [ 1970 ] is his most famous film. This Shashi Kapoor and Sharmila Kapoor starrer has some beautiful melodies written by Anand Bakshi , which are still remembered by the connoisseurs of film music. Two songs of Mukesh ; Zikr hota hai hai jab qayamat ka , tere jalvon ki baat hoti hai………. and Woh tere pyar ka gham………….. and one of Mohammad Rafi ‘s ; O my love panchi wango………… are still famous . Dara Singh starrer stunt film ,  ” Toofan ” [ 1968 ] also had some melodies. Zindagi men aaya toofan………………  sung by Mohammad Rafi is still famous and I am unable to forget this song even though I watched the film years ago .

His yet to be released film ” Bhool Na Jaana “ [ 1973 ] fortunately got its music released. Mukesh gems like ;  Gham – E – Dil kisse kahoon …………….. Pukaro mujhe naam lekar pukaro [ Lyrics Gulzaar ]……………… and Gora gora mukhada [ Lyrics Gulzaar ] are still famous. Geeta Dutt’s Mere hamnasheen Mere hamnawa …………… is available on YouTube and is favourite of music lovers.Incidentaly this film had a child artiste called Tutu Sharma , who is now known as Pradeep Sharma , a producer and is married to Padmini Kolhapure. Producer of ” Bhool Na Jaana “ Jagan Sharma was incidentally Tutu Sharma’s father.

It is sad that a talented music director like Daan Singh left this world unwept , unheard and unsung.

Mani Kaul :

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An Avant-Garde film-maker , and an alumni of Film & Television Institute of India , Mani Kaul , died of cancer in his Delhi residence on July 06 , 2011. He was 66 at the time of his death.

He made films like ; ” Uski Roti ” [ 1969 ] , ” Ashadh Ka Ek Din ” [ 1971 ] , ” Duvidha ” [ 1973 ] , ” Ghashiram Kotwal ” [ 1979 ] , ” Satah Se Uthata Admi ” [ 1980 ] , ” Nazar ” [ 1989 ] , ” Idiot ” [ 1992 ] , ” The Cloud Door ” [ 1995 ] , ” Naukar Ki Kameez ” [ 1999 ] and  ” Bojh ” [ 2000 ] . In between he also made documentaries like ; ” Dhrupad ” [ 1982 ] , ” Mati Manas ” [ 1989 ] and ” Siddheshwari ” [ 1989 ] . Incidentally , Shah Rukh Khan was the star of ” Idiot “ , a fact , strangely , he never acknowledged. Mani Kaul’s ” Duvidha ” was also remade by Shah Rukh Khan as ” Paheli ” .

Filmfare  instituted a new award known as Critics Award for Best Film and ” Uski Roti “ was the first recipient of this award. His most notable work was his documentary ” Siddheshwari ” , which won the National Award for Best Documentary film in 1989.

Mani Kaul , apart from being a path-breaking film-maker and writer , was also a teacher of cinema and used to teach cinema in colleges of  U. S. A. and Netherlands. He was a trained Dhrupad singer and a versatile painter. He also acted in Basu Chatterjee’s ” Saara Akash ” .

I don’t know whether it is proper to tell or not but in 1972 when I came to  Mumbai to struggle in films , I once went to his apartment to ask for work . I got rebuked and was told by his wife in very insulting and terse tone not to come ever again without proper appointment.I had gone to many places , met many legendary people and asked for work but never got rebuked or insulted. I was a huge fan of Mani Kaul’s work so this behaviour came as a shock.

Rasika Joshi :

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A prolific stage , film and television actor Rasika Joshi died of cancer on July 07 , 2011 in Mumbai.She was only 39 at the time of her death.

Basically a Marathi stage and film actor Rasika Joshi was seen in few Hindi films and serials also. Ram Gopal Varma’s ” Ghayab ”  , ” Darna Zaroori Hai ” , ” Vaastu Shastra ” , ” Ek Haseena Thi “ and Priyadarshan’s ” Malamaal Weekly ” and ” Bhool Bhulaiyaa “ were her some memorable films. She also worked in Shah Rukh Khan’s ” Billu “ and Ekta Kapoor’s serial ” Bandini “ . Ram Gopal Varma’s soon to be released ” It’s Not A Love Story “ is her last Hindi film.

Bhagwan Das Garga :

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Renowned film historian and documentary film maker Bhagwan Das Garga, died on 18th July , 2011 in Patiala. He was country’s most renowned film historian.

He was assistant to legendary film maker V. Shantaram. Afterwards he made his first documentary ” Storm Over Kashmir “ in 1948. In total he wrote , produced and directed more than 50 documentaries. He was also a member of Government of India’s film advisory board. He earlier worked at the Mosfilm Studios in Moscow.

He wrote a book ” From Raj To Swaraj : The Non-Fiction Film In India “ in 2007. This book won the National Award for the Best Book on Cinema. He wrote two more books ; ” The Art of Cinema : An Insiders Journey Through Fifty Years Of Film History “ and the last one ” Indian Cinema : A Passage To Bollywood ” .

Sunil Rege :

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A popular Hindi and Marathi actor Sunil Rege died on July 27th , 2011 at the age of 63 in Pune.

His films are : ” Aashiqui ” , ” Aks ”  ,  ” Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyo  ” , ” Devdas ” and ” Shikhar ” .

Serials , he worked in , are : ” Tara  ” , ” Darar ”  , ”  Kurukshetra ” , ” Raahat ” , ” Andaz ” and ” Saath Saath ” .

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New Hindi Releases & Me :

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First Week  – July 01

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1 – Delhi Belly……………………………………………….Imran Khan

………………………………………………………………….Shenaz Treasuryvala

………………………………………………………………….Anusha Dandekar

2 – Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap……………………………Sonu Sood

………………………………………………………………….Shekhar [ Vishal-Shekhar ]

Second Week – July 08

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1 – Murder 2…………………………………………………Emraan Hashmi

………………………………………………………………….Jacqueline Fernandez

………………………………………………………………….Sudhanshu Pandey

………………………………………………………………….Yana Gupta

2 – Chillar Party…………………………………………….Ranbir Kapoor

Third Week – July 15

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1 – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara…………………………….Hritik Roshan

…………………………………………………………………..Katrina Kaif

…………………………………………………………………..Nandinii Sen

2 – Pyar Mein Aisa Bhi…………………………………….x

Fourth Week – July 22

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1 – Singham……………………………………………………Sudhanshu Pandey

……………………………………………………………………Harry Josh

Fifth Week – July 29

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1 – Khap………………………………………………………..Ashok Kumar Beniwal

2 – Bubble Gum………………………………………………x

3 – Gandhi To Hitler…………………………………………x

In total…………. 10 ……….films got released this month. Out of these ……………………. 10 ……….films , my ………………. 16  ……………. students appeared in …… 07  ……. films. Out of these…….. 16 ……………. students ………………… 15 …………… are actors and ………… 01  …………….. Shekhar  [ Vishal – Shaekhar ] is the music director .

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New Regional Films & Me :

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1 – Bengali : PriyangshuChatterjee is essaying an important role in ” Iti Mrinalini ” .

2 – Bhojpuri : Swati Varma is playing an important role in ” Dushmani ” .

3 – Telugu :  Allu Arjun and Anushka Shetty got Best Actor Male and Female Filmfare Award respectively for ” Vedam “ .

Daisy Shah is doing main lead in ” Bhadra “ .

Ram Charan Teja starrer ” Magadheera “ completes 2 years [ 730 weeks ] uninterrupted run in Hyderabad.

Out of various regional films , my students were there in  ……….. 03 ……….. regional languages. In total …………….. 03 …………….. actors trained by me are working in these films.

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T. V. Trivia & Me :

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1 – Lisa Ray is anchoring a show , ” Oh My Gold ! “ on TLC .

2 – Sonali Bendre Behl is judgeing the show ” India’s Got Talent , Season – 3 “ again on Colours T.V. She was a judge in Season – 2 also.

Out of many serials running on various channels …………. 02 …………. shows have ………………….02  ……………… students of mine essaying anchor’s  roles . Both the serials are reality shows.

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