BARWANI (Princely State)(11 gun salute)

Barwani State Monogram
LOCATION: Madhya Pradesh AREA: 3,051.02 km² VILLAGES: xx POPULATION: 176,666 (1941) RELIGION: Hindu
REVENUE: Rs 10,31,000 DYNASTY/LINEAGE: Sisodia SEAT: Barwani House ACCESSION: 15th June 1948
AGENCY: Deputy Bhil Agency to 1882 then Bhopawar Agency 1882 -1934 then Malwa Agency to 1947 PRIVY PURSE: Rs 145,000

PRESENT RULER: HH Maharana Sahib MANVENDRA SINGHJI Bahadur, 58th Maharana of Barwani since 15th September 2007. (Barwani House, 12 Old Palasia, Indore 452018, Madhya Pradesh, India)
born 21st August 1952, educated at Daly College, Indore (H.Sc., 1970), Jim Russell's International Racing Drivers School, Canada (Graduate in Formula Ford racing, 1971), Christian College, Indore (B.A., 1973), Northwood University, U.S.A. (Auto Marjeting Degree, 1976), McPherson College, U.S.A. (Inter-Term Auto Restoration, 1991), awarded Northwood University's 'Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award' in 1991; with a keen interest in automobiles from an early age, he has been able to successfully meld his passionate hobby with work and started India's first vintage and classic car restoration workshop in 1978 ­ 'Classic Cars Indore'. Today he is well known in his field and respected as an authority on vintage and classic cars in India. For this he has featured on numerous television programs on Doordarshan, BBC, CNBC, Sahara, Star TV and even MTV. He has staged India's first Custom Car Show in Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi in 1979 - this was sponsored by Asian Paints Ltd., India. He has restored more than 100 Vintage and Classic cars that include Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Hispano Suiza, Bugatti, Mercedes-Benz etc. Works include entire re-construction of original bodies on major marques such as Rolls Royce, as well as re-bodying into tourers, sport tourers, boat-tail skiffs etc. and building complete replicas. Cars restored have consistently won prizes in club events and rallies. Built the first Indian limousines based on Hindusthan Motors Ltd's Contessa Classic and the Ambassador car. Designed and built the Stainless Steel Mahindra Quadro Show Car for Auto Expo 2000. Designed and built the new generation of Ambassador for Hindustan Motors. Researched and contributed articles for automobile magazines such as Autocar India and Auto India. Was on the editorial board of Autocar India as Contributor - Classic and Vintage Features. Life member of the Auburn/ Cord/ Duesenberg Club of America and has researched these cars for the club. Member of 'The Society of Automotive Historians'. Researched the history of Chevrolet for General Motors India, which was published in Autocar Magazine. Researched the history of Ford Motor Company India, which was published for their centenary celebrations. Researched and contributed articles to International Club magazines such as the Hispano-Suiza Society Newsletter, Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club. Judged numerous major Vintage and Classic Cars events in India. Was scrutinizer for international Rallies passing through India. On the judging panel of the prestigious annual CNBC-Autocar 'Car-of-the-Year Awards'. Released the first book on the automotive history of India titled 'Automobiles of the Maharajas' in co-authorship with Ms. Sharada Dwivedi. The book covers the influence of the Maharajas in the adoption of motorized transportation in India. It details the vast collections of the Rulers, which includes some rare marques. The material, for the book comes from the vast personal library and decades of detailed research of HH the Maharana Sahib. He maintains a personal automotive library which includes Indian and International auto magazines from the early era to the present, brochures/catalogues, advertisements, books and original photographs; married 21st January 1979 in New Delhi, HH Maharani Renuka Devi, daughter of Raja Dinesh Singhji of Kalakankar, and his wife, Rani Neelima Kumari, and has issue.
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: Founded in the 9th (traditional date of 836A.D.) by Dhanuk, a descendant of Bappa Rawal, or in the 12th or 14th century by a descendant of Rana Bhartribhatta of Chitor, who migrated into the Narmada Valley, and settled at Avasgarh, a hill in the Satpuras, about 78 kilometres southwest of the present capital. Until 1650, the state was called Avasgadh, after its original capital. From the beginning of the 18th century the power of the Ranas of Barwani gradually declined; their country, originally of considerable extent and situated between the Narmada and the Tapti, was devastated by the Marathas, and at the time of Malcolm's settlement of Malwa (1819), only a strip of the Satpura range, 207 kilometres in length, with the lowlands on either side, remained to them. They did not, however, become tributary to any of the Malwa Chiefs. The state was formerly located in Malwa, Central India and became part of Madhya Pradesh at Independence. The state was located on the left bank of the Narmada River, laying between 21º 36' and 22º 7' north, and 74º 28' and 75º 17' east. Bordered on the north by Dhar, on the northwest by Ali Rajpur, on the east by a portion of Indore, and on the south and west by the Kandesh district of the old Bombay Presidency. The salute of 9 guns were increased to 11 guns (personal) in 1921 and made permanent later that same year. Rulers were....

The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1839/1854
The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1880/1886
HH Rajmata Dhan Kunwar Basaheba, Regent of Barwani 1894/1910
The Rajmata of Barwani, Regent of Barwani 1930/1942
The help of Rajkumar Divyaraj Singh is gratefully acknowledged, 2002.
The help of Ajay Mittal is gratefully acknowledged, December 2010.
1. "The Golden Book of India"; by Roper Lethbridge, MacMillan & Co., 1893 , p.61
2. "Indian India" ; Volumes 1-2; 1946/1947 (General Source)
3. Born 19th July 1922 according to "The Times of India Directory and Year Book including Who's Who 1952/1953", Published by Bennett, Coleman & Co., Bombay. Compiled by The Times of India; 1952-1970.
4. Born 19th July 1922 according to "The Times of India Directory and Year Book including Who's Who Among Indian Princes, Rajas and Chiefs, Nobles 1941-42" as well as "Rulers, Leading Families, and Officials in the States of Central India, 5th Edition 1935, p.159"