VILLAGES: 231 plus 5 mahals REVENUE: Rs 98,021 (1877) ACCESSION: xx
STATE: Oudh, Uttar Pradesh (Pratapgarh Dist.)

PRESENT HEAD OF HOUSE: (Raj Bhawan, P.O. Kalakankar, Distt. Pratapgarh-230 001, Uttar Pradesh)
PREDECESSORS AND SHORT HISTORY: The estate was generally known as Rampur Dharupur, but became known as Kalakankar after the place of residence of the Raja. The founder of the family was Rai Askaran, a relative of Raja Prithvi Mal of Majhauli in Gorakhpur, in the course of time, his descendants came to possess the parganas of Dhingwas, Manikpur and Salon, as well as a considerable portion of the estates held by the Kanhpurias of Kaithaula; his descendants appear to have been acknowledged as head of the family and they held the title of Rai. In 1748, the Bisens revolted against the Nazim of Manikpur, Jai Ram Nagar, fought and killed him and in consequence they were attacked by Safdar Jang, who took the fort of Rampur and stripped them of their property. Estate holders were...
  • Rai ASKARAN, founder and 1st Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Rudra Partab (qv)
  • Rai RUDRA PARATP, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Todar Mal (qv)
  • Rai TODAR MAL, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Dhara Shah (qv)
  • Rai DHARA SHAH, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Harbans Rai (qv)
  • Rai HARBANS RAI, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Jai Singh (qv)
  • Rai JAI SINGH, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Sham Singh (qv)
  • Rai SHYAM SINGH, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Sangram Singh (qv)
  • Rai SANGRAM SINGH, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Bhao Singh (qv)
  • Rai BHAO SINGH, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Khushal Singh (qv)
    • Babu Risal Singh, he received the village of Bijaimau for his maintenance, married and had issue.
      • Babu Kanbaiya Bakhsh, married and had issue.
        • Babu Hanwant Singh, he was adopted in 1826, by the widow of Rai Barisal Singh, and succeeded as Raja Hanwant Singh, Raja of Kalakankar (qv)
        • Babu Madho Singh, he was killed in action on 19th February 1858 at the Battle of Chanda.
  • Rai KHUSHAL SINGH, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Balwant Singh (qv)
  • Rai BALWANT SINGH, Rai of Rampur Dharupur, married and had issue.
    • Rai Barisal Singh (qv)
  • Rai BAIRI SAL, Rai of Kalakankar, his widow adopted Hanwant Singh in 1826; married and had adoptive issue. He died sp in 1826.
    • (A) Kunwar Hanwant Singh [Hanumant Singh] (qv)
  • Raja HANWANT SINGH, Raja of Kalakankar 1826/1881, he was adopted by the widow of Rai Bairi Sal and succeeded to the gadi in 1826; he managed to recover much of the property lost by his predecessors, he built the fort of Kalakankar on the banks of Ganges in 1844, he was constantly at war with the revenue authorities, and his estate was placed under direct management in 1835, 1836 and 1841,he was driven out of his forts of Dharupur and Kalakankar in 1853 by the Nazim and his property was laid waste, however he gained them back before annexation of Oudh; he did good service in 1857, when he rescued the officers who escaped from Salon and escorted them to safety in Allahabad; in 1857 he raised a battalion of 1,000 soldiers under the command of his eldest son and it saw action in February 1858 when the British under Colin Campbell attempted to recapture Lucknow, the battalion was defeated and his son and brother were killed in action; he submitted and was later rewarded for his former services by a considerable grant of land; he was granted the title of Raja by King Wajid Ali Shah of Oudh in 1849; the title of Raja was made hereditary on 4th December 1877; married and had issue. He died 30th June 1881.
    • Rajkumar Lal Saheb Pratap Singh, he took an active part in the Mutiny and was made commander by his father of a battalion of troops which was decimated at the Battle of Chanda; married Rajkumarani Dirgaj Kunwar, and had issue. He was killed in action vp on 19th February 1858 at the Battle of Chanda.
    • Babu Lachmann Singh, married and had issue.
      • Lal Ram Prasad Singh, married and had issue. He died 1901.
        • Raja Ram Gulem Singh [alias Raja Ramesh Singh] (qv)
        • Rao Saheb Ramdheen Singhji, married and had issue.
          • Rajkumari Sharda Kumari [Rani Sharda Kumari of Agori Barhar], married (as his first wife), Raja Sharda Mahesh Prasad Singh Shah of Agori Barhar, and had issue.
        • Babu Ram Adhim Singh
        • Babu Chhattarpati Singh
      • Babu Narain Singh, married and had issue, three sons. He died before 3rd July 1923.
    • Kumari (name unknown), married in Rewah, and had issue.
      • Raja Rampal Singh (qv)(#1).
  • Raja RAMPAL SINGH, Raja of Kalakankar 1881/1909, born 22nd August 1849 (#2) or 1848 (#1) in Dharupur, Pratapgarh District, UP; educated in England, where he resided for many years, he was granted the sanad for the estate; Honorary Magistrate, 2nd Class, Honorary Munsif, Member of the Pratapgarh District Board; married 1stly, Rani Subhag Kunwar, died about 1871 in London, married 2ndly, Rani Alice (an English lady), married 3rdly, Rani Radha (Muslim). He died sp on 28th February 1909 in Kalakankar.
  • Raja RAMESH SINGH, Raja of Kalakankar 1909/1910, he succeeded his uncle to the gadi in 1909; married and had issue. He died on 24th August 1910.
    • Raja Avadhesh Singh (qv)
    • Kunwar Brijesh Singh [Brajesh Singh], married 1stly, Kunwarani Laxmi Devi, married 2ndly, Leela (an Austrian lady), married 3rdly, 1963 (as her third husband), Svetlana Alliluyeva [née Svetlana Iosifovna Stalina], born 28th February 1926 in Moscow, daughter of Joseph Stalin [Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili], and his wife, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, and had issue. He died 31st October 1966 and his cremated remains were returned to Kalakankar.
      • Kumari Asha (by Kunwarani Laxmi Devi), married Air Commodore Y. S. Pal.
      • Kumari Usha (by Kunwarani Laxmi Devi), married Group Captain Diwarker Pandey.
      • Kunwar Victor Singh (by Leela), Photographer (U.K.)
    • Kanwar Suresh Singh
  • Raja AVADHESH SINGH, Raja of Kalakankar 1910/193x, born 24th September 1906, he succeeded to the gadi as a minor on 24th August 1910; married Rani Lakshmi Kumari, and had issue. He died after 1933.
    • Raja Dinesh Singh (qv)
    • Rajkumari Usha Kumari [Rani Usha Kumari Sahiba of Khairigarh], married 1stly, (div.), (as his first wife), Raja Luv Shah of Khairigarh, had issue, one son, married 2ndly, Shri Dev Pratap Bharti, had issue, three sons and two daughters, educated at Colvin Taluqdars College, Lucknow, and had issue.
      • Abhhai Pratap Bharti, married 6th February 1985, Ranjana Singh, she is presently (2015), Headmistress of City Montessori School, Aliganj Sector O; daughter of Dr. R.N. Singh, and his wife, Vidya Singh, and has issue, two sons.
        • Roshan Bharti (Lucknow, India)
        • Rohan Pratap Bharti (Lucknow, India)
      • Rashmi Bharti, educated at La Martiniere College, Lucknow, married Wing Commander K. J. 'Kojak' Bhatt, and has issue, two sons.
        • Vishrut Bhatt, educated at Leicester, U.K., presently (2012) working in an M.N.C. Bangalore.
        • Vashisht Bhatt B.A., M.Sc., educated at Exeter, presently (2012) proprietor of his own firm in London.
  • Raja Dinesh Singh (1925-1995)Raja DINESH SINGH, Raja of Kalakankar -/1995, born 19th July 1925 in Kalakankar, educated at Doon School, Dehradun, U.P., Colvin College, Lucknow, U.P. and University of Lucknow, U.P. Member of the India International Centre, Indian Council for Child Welfare, Bharat Krishak Samaj, Bharatiya Natya Sangh and Indian delegations to many international organisations such as FAO, ECAFE, ECOSOC and U.N. General Assembly; Deputy Minister in the Ministry of External Affairs 1962/66, Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs 1966/67; Minister of Commerce 1967/69; Minister of External Affairs 1969/70; Minister of Industrial Development and Internal Trade 1970/71; Minister of Water Resources in 1988; Minister of Commerce 1988/89 and Minister of External Affairs 1993/-; Member of the Second Lok Sabha 1957/62, Third Lok Sabha 1962/67, Fourth Lok Sabha 1966/70, Fifth Lok Sabha 1971/77, Rajya Sabha 1977/82, Eighth Lok Sabha 1984/89, Ninth Lok Sabha 1989/91 and re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 1993. Member of the following clubs: Cricket Club of India, Bombay, Delhi Gymkhana Club, New Delhi and Delhi Golf Club, New Delhi. Author of: "Towards New Horizons", 1971, "India and the Changing Asian Scene", 1973, articles in many magazines and National dailies; married Rani Neelima Kumari, daughter of Lt.Col. HH Sir Maharaja Narendra Shah Sahib Bahadur of Tehri-Garhwal, and his wife, HH Maharani Indu Mati Devi Sahiba, and had issue, six daughters. He died 30th November 1995 in New Delhi.
    • Maharani Rewa Kumari, married 1967, Maharaja Indrajitendra Narain Singh of Ramgarh, and has issue.
    • Rajkumari Ravija Kumari [Rani Ravija Kumari of Delwara], married Raj Rana Vikram Singh of Delwara, and has issue.
    • Yuvrani Rajitha Devi, born 11th April 1950 in Narendranagar, Tehri-Garhwal, married 9th May 1974 in Delhi to Yuvraj Anirudh Singh of Barwani.
    • Rajkumari Renuka Devi [HH Maharani Sahiba Renuka Devi of Barwani], born 26th May 1952 in Mussoorie, married 21st January 1979 in New Delhi, Rajkumar Manvendra Singh [now HH Maharana Sahib Manvendra Singhji of Barwani], and has issue.
    • Rajkumari Ratna Devi, born 29th April 1959 in New Delhi.B.Com., educated at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, Delhi. Member, Pradesh Congress Committee (P.C.C.), Uttar Pradesh 1991/-, General Secretary, P.C.C., Uttar Pradesh 1996/-, member of the 11th and 13th Lok Sabha, re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha on 16th May 2009; Member of the Executive Committee, Congress Party in Parliament 1996/-, Member of the Committee on Communications 1999/2000, Member of the Consultative Committee Ministry of Information Technology 2000/- ; Vice-President of the Raja Avadesh Singh Memorial Educational Society, Pratapgarh; the M.R. Trust; and the Raja Hanumat Rampal Trust, Pratapgarh; Secretary of the Madanmohan Malviya Post Graduate College, Pratapgarh; Manager of the Hanumat Inter College, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh; Chairperson of the Raja Dinesh Singh Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Pratapgarh. Interests include.. gardening, music, reading, travelling and photography, horse-riding and squash. Member of the Delhi Gymkhana Club; India International Centre; Rotary Club, Garden City, New Delhi; and Cricket Club of India, Mumbai; married 30th May 1987, Yuvraj Shri Jai Singh Sisodia (now HH Maharawat Jai Singh) of Pratapgarh, and has issue.
      • Bhanwar Bhuvanyu Singh
      • Bhanwar Baisa Tanushree Kumari
  • Abha Kumari, married Vijay Singh of Khajurgaon, and has issue, one daughter and one son.
1. "Dictionary of National Biography" ; SEN, S.P. (ed); Calcutta, 1972; Institute of Historical Studies ; Vol.4 p.223
2. "The Golden Book of India"; LETHBRIDGE, Roper, MacMillan & Co., 1893 p.452-453