It’s a dream of every civilian to get recognized. Padmashree has been regarded as the fourth largest civilian award and the family of late Mr. Prakash Surana of BRS Johuree felt extremely proud to receive the award on his behalf. An art connoisseur and a patron of classical music, Prakash Ji, who belonged from an era known for the culture and tehzeeb, was awarded this for his achievements in propagating the Indian tradition and culture in diverse art and music sectors.
A Gem of a Person
Mr. Prakash Surana was born in the eminent family of Surana Jewellers who have been known since long for their expertise in artistic trade. Born in 1939, since his early childhood was fascinated by music. The Suranas have always been connoisseurs of fine art and have patronized India’s cultural diversity through variety of events especially music concerts. Late Rajmalji Surana was a great music lover who would never miss listening to the Radio Sangeet Samelens of all India radio featuring Pt. Narayan Rao Vyas, Pt. Omkar Nath Thakur, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Bismillah Khan, Pt. Kumar Gandharv, Vinayak Rao Patvardhan etc. No occasion in the family would be completed without a music concert. His elite taste and passion for music is shared by one and all in the family.
Shruti Mandal : The Origin and Evolution
The Surana family joined hands with their founder secretary Kaushal Bhargava in the year 1964, to set up Shruti Mandal. This cultural society was created with the intention of promoting classical music and dance in Jaipur. What started as a plain enthusiastic approach, gained a cultural prominence as under Prakash Chand Surana and his able son Chandra Surana, Shruti Mandal emerged as one of the honorary organizations hosting great musical concerts.
To commemorate the death anniversary of Rajmalji Surana, every year Shruti Mandal organises an annual musical festival “Surana Samriti Samaroh” from January 4th to 6th. Music Maestros like Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Ustad Amzad Ali Khan, M. S. Subbalakshmi, Pt. Jasraj, Ustad Zakir Hussain and many others have already given scintillating performances. Apart from Shruti Mandal Suranas patronise numerous cultural events pan India. These include music conferences, classical dance programs and art exhibitions as well.
About BRS Johuree
Maharaja Jai Singh II invited the Suranas to Jaipur; as the experts in the art of creating designs for gems & jewellery and crafting it into timeless work-of-adornment. Today, the House of Surana has maintained its tradition of royal past, by living up to their promise in upholding the artistic and aesthetic values that their ancestors had laid out for them. The tradition of the Rajasthan Royalty still reflects the corridors of past; where Rajmal Surana has created timeless masterpieces, which are still adored.