DHRANGADHRA

The Jhala Dynasty

GENEALOGY

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1911 – 1942 H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Maharaja Sir Ghanshyamsinjhi Ajitsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra, GCIE (3.6.1922), KCSI (1.1.1917). b. at Dhrangadhra, 31st May 1889, second and eldest surviving son of H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Sir Ajitsinhji Jaswantwinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharana Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra, KCSI, by his first wife, H.H. Jamnagarwala Rani Ba Shri Sunderba Kunverba Sahib, educ. Rajkumar Coll, Rajkot, Chircombe Sch., Bideford, and United Services College, Westward Ho!, North Devon, and at Southsea, Hants. Apprenticeship with Cambridge Little-Go and the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard studying criminology and detective work 1907-1909. Appointed Maj-Gen Dhrangadhra State Forces 1909, cdt Dhrangadhra State Forces and Cmsnr of Police 1909-1911. Succeeded on the death of his father, 8th February 1911. Ascended the gadi at the Amar Mahal, Jhallisvara Vat Palace, Halvad, 20th February 1911. Granted a permanent salute of 13-guns together with the hereditary title of Maharaja, 1st January 1918. Attended the funeral of the King Emperor George V in London in 1936. A ruler with prodigeous energy, he built a maternity hospital, girl's middle school, and veterinary hospital. He also extednded the railways, promoted the salt industry and established the heavu chemical industry. Hon Maj attached 3rd Cavalry (Duke of Connaught’s Own Lancers) 19/6/1937. Patron Talukdari Girassia College 1911-1942. Chief Scout Dhrangadhra Boy Scouts 1922-1942. Hon. LL.D. Founder and Sovereign of the Sri Saktimat Makhapraphulla Order of Jhalavad 1933. Rcvd: DGBStJ (22.5.1924), Delhi Durbar gold medal (1911), Prince of Wales's (1922), Silver Jubilee (1935) and the Coron (1937) medals. m. (first) at Jamnagar, 1909, H.H. Jamnagarwala Rani Ba Shri Pravin Kunverba Sahiba (b. 1893; d.s.p. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 19th October 1912), née Ba Shri Pamba Sahib, elder daughter of Kumar Shri Chandrasinhji Keshrisinhji Sahib, of Mengni, under Nawanagar. m. (second) at Bhadarwa, 2nd June 1910 (sep. 1912), H.H. Bhadarwawala Maharani Ba Shri Prem Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Shrimant Meherban Namdar Thakore Fatehsinhji Sardarsinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Bhadarwa, by whom he had issue one daughter. m. (third) at Kotda Sangani, 17th February 1913, H.H. Kotdawala Maharani Ba Shri Rajni Anand Kunverba Sahiba [Rajmata Sahib] (b. at Kotda-Sangani, 1895; d. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 1979), eldest daughter of Meherban Dostan Thakore Shri Mulvaji Singhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Kotda Sangani, by his first wife, Bhadarwawala Thakorani Ba Shri Hari Kunverba Sahiba, daughter of Shrimant Meherban Namdar Thakore Fatehsinhji Sardarsinhji Sahib, Thakore Sahib of Bhadarwa. m. (fourth) at Amet, 1916, H.H. Ametwala Maharani Ba Shri Ram Kunverba Sahiba (b. at Amet, 1903; d. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 2nd March 1931), daughter of Raoji Shivnath Singh, of Amet, in Udaipur Mewar. m. (fifth) at Jamnagar, 27th April 1920, H.H. Jamnagarwala Maharani Ba Shri Vijay Kunverba Sahiba [Naval Kunverba] (b. at Sarodar, 1902; d. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 1973), younger daughter of Maharaj Shri Jawansinhji Jivansinhji Sahib, of Sarodar, under Nawanagar. He d. from a diabetic coma, at Arsi Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 4th February 1942, having had issue, six sons and nine daughters:
  • 1) Patvi Namdar Jhalavrit Maharajkumar Shri Ajitsinhji Ganshamsinhji Sahib, Yuvraj of Dhrangadhra-Halvad. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 11th March 1921 (s/o Rajni Anand Kunverba). He d. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 28th August 1921. Copyright©Christopher Buyers
  • 2) H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Maharaja Sir Mayurdwaj Singhji Meghrajji III Jhala-Makhwana, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra (s/o Rajni Anand Kunverba) - see below.
  • 3) Maharajkumar Shri Jahvirsinhji Ganshamsinhji Sahib. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 19th September 1926 (s/o Vijay Kunverba). He d. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 27th December 1927.
  • >4) Maharajkumar Shri Virendrasinhji Ghanshamsinhji Sahib [Chotabhai]. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 20th August 1927 (s/o Ram Kunverba), educ. Dhrangadhra Rajdham Shala, Dhrangadhra, Millfield Sch, Street, Somerset, Heath Mount Sch, Herts, Wadia Coll, Poona and the Prince of Wales’s RIMA, Dehra Dun. Rcvd: George VI Coron Medal (1937), Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. (first) at the Fort, Jodhpur, 19xx (div.), Maharajkumari Ba Shri Subodh Kunwar Baiji Lal Sahib (m. second, 1954, Kunwar Nasib Chand Katoch, of Bijaipur, Kangra, by whom she had issue), third daughter of General Maharajadhiraj Shri Sir Ajit Singhji Sahib Bahadur, sometime Prime Minister of Jodhpur, by his wife, Maharani Shri Nand Kanwar Baiji Lal Sahib, second daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Raja Sawai Singh, of Isarda, in Jaipur state, by his wife, a daughter of Thakur Umrao Singh, of Kotla, UP. m. (second) 23rd February 1951, Rani Shri Jairajba Kunverba Sahiba (b. 14th May 1933), daughter of Kumar Shri Narsinhji Himmatsinhji, of Chote Udepur. He had issue, one son and one daughter:
    • a) Kumar Shri Devraj Virendrasinhji Jhala. b. 24th December 1955, educ. Rajkumar Coll, Rajkot. m. at Jaisalmer, 1st March 1978 (div.), Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Sushma Kumari (b. 2nd October 1960), daughter of H.H. Rukn ud-Daula, Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Parama Bhattarak Shri Maharawal Ji Raghunath Singhji Dev Bahadur, Yadukul Chandrawhal, Muzaffar Jung, Bijaimand, Maharaja of Jaisalmer, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Mukut Rajya Lakshmi Devi, eldest daughter of General Supradipta-Manyabara-Nepal-Tara Jyotirmaya-Subikhyat-Tri-Shakti-Patta Suprasidha-Prasidha-Pravala-Gorkha Dakshina-Bahu Sri Sri Sri Maharajkumar Sharada Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana, of Nepal. He has issue, one daughter:
      • i) Baiji Lal Shri Shivangini Devi Sahib [Shivangini Jhala]. b. 3rd December 1983.
    • a) Baiji Lal Shri Divya Kunverba Sahib [Divya Jhala Pilkington]. b. at New Delhi, 19th August 1964, educ. The Modern Sch, Vasant Vihar, Delhi, and San Jose State Univ (BA 1987), San Jose, California, USA. Guide to Hardy Kruger in “Indische Blätter” segment of his documentary “The Globe Trotter” 1987, Cultural Relations Dir (Public Affairs) at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi 1990-1991. Author of children’s books “Clever Mr. Crow”, “The Snail Who Lost Her Shell” and “Be Kind To Flowers”. m. Xavier Pilkington, educ. Jamestown and Mitcham Schs, St Ignatius Coll, and Adelaide Univ (BEE 1984), Adelaide, South Australia, Graduate Electrical Engr with NT Power & Water Authority 1985-1986, Snr Electrical Engr Sydney CC 1986-1989, Control Systems Engr Allen-Bradley PLC 1989-1990, Snr Controls & Instrument Engr ADMA-OPCO 1995-1996, Control Systems Engr Triconex 1996, Project Mngr Worley Parsons in Adelaide 1996-2001, Lead Instrument Engr Worley Parsons in Perth 2001-2003, Project/Instrument Engr Chevron Oil Gulf of Thailand 2002-2003, Lead Engr Instrument & Control Engineering Dept with Unocal Thailand 2003-2005, Mngr/Lead Engr Instrumentation & Electrical with CUEL 2004-2005, Lead Instrument/Electrical/Facilities Engr Mustang Engineering 2005-2010, Head of Discipline Wood Grp Australia since 2010. She has issue, two sons.Copyright©Christopher Buyers
  • 5) Maharajkumar Shri Dharmendrasinhji Ghanshamsinhji Sahib [Nanabhai]. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 26th November 1927 (s/o Vijay Kunverba), educ. Dhrangadhra Rajdham Shala, Dhrangadhra, Millfield Sch, Street, Somerset, Heath Mount Sch, Herts, Wadia Coll, Poona (BA) and the POWRIM Coll, Dehra Dun. Cmsnd as 2nd-Lieut IA. Rcvd: George VI Coron Medal (1937), Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. 21st February 1951, Rani Shri Mahendra Kunverba Sahib, younger daughter of Major-General Maharaj Shri Himatsinhji, CIE, of Nawanagar, sometime Lieut-Gov of Himachal Pradesh, by his wife, Rani Shri Chandra Kumari Sahib, daughter of Colonel Thakur Prithi Singhji, of Kotah. He had issue, one son and one daughter:
    • a) Kumar Shri Ranmalsinhji Dharmendrasinhji Jhala [Ranmal Singh Jhala]. b. 14th August 1953, educ. Rajkumar Coll, Rajkot, and the National Inst of Design, Ahmedabad. Graphic designer and artist. Mbr Delhi Cycle Club.
    • a) Baiji Lal Shri Umade Kunver Ba Sahib. b. 31st October 1959, educ. Maharani Gayatri Devi Sch, Jaipur, and the National Inst of Design (Dipl. Textile Design 1984), Ahmedabad. Textile and home furnishings designer.
  • 6) Maharajkumar Shri …drasinhji Ghanshamsinhji Sahib. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 2nd March and d. there, 26th April 1931 (s/o Ram Kunverba).
  • 1) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Shri Sajjan Kunverba Sahib [Motaba-Sahib] [H.H. Maharani Jhaliji Maharani Shrimati Sajjan Kanwarji Sahiba, Maharani of Banswara]. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 22nd May 1911 (d/o Prem Kunverba), educ. privately. Rcvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. at Ajit Nivas Palace, Dhrangadhra, 11th February 1932, as his second wife, H.H. Rai Rayan Mahimahendra Maharajadhiraj Maharawal Shri Chandrabir Singhji Bahadur, Maharawal of Banswara (b. at Banswara, 24th December 1909; d. 6th April 1985), eldest son of H.H. Rai Rayan Maharawal Shri Sir Prithvi Singhji Bahadur, Raja of Banswara, KCIE, by his first wife, , Sihoriwala Maharaj Raj Kumarani Shrimati Anand Kunverba Sahiba, the third daughter of H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharao Shri Sir Keshri Singhji Bahadur, Maharao of Sirohi, GCIE, KCSI. She d. 7th January 1982, having had issue, three sons and one daughter - see India (Banswara).
  • 2) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Shri Kusum Kunverba Sahib. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 3rd April 1913 (d/o Rajni Anand Kunverba). She d. 21st July 1914.
  • 3) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Shri Harsad Kunverba Sahib [H.H. Shri Rani Harshwant Kunverba Sahib]. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 21st January 1916 (d/o Rajni Anand Kunverba), educ. Dhrangadhra Rajdham Shala, Dhrangadhra. cvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. at the Zanana Palace, Dhrangadhra, 24th May 1935, H.H. Svasti Shri Rajadhiraja Sudarshan Deoji Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Shahpura (b. at Shahpura, 18th December 1915; d. at Shahpura, 1992), only son of Svasti Shri Rajadhiraja Umaid Singhji II Sahib Bahadur, Raja of Shahpura, by his second wife, the daughter of Raja Shri Samvat Singhji Sahib, Raja of Ralaota, in Kishangarh. She d. 13th January 1975, having had issue - see India (Shahpura).
  • 4) H.H. Maharani Baiji Lal Shri Mahendra Kunverba Sahib. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 28th January 1918 (d/o Rajni Anand Kunverba). cvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. at the Zanana Palace, Dhrangadhra, 16th May 1934, as his third wife, H.H. Maharajadhiraj Maharawat Shri Sir Ram Singhji II Bahadur, Maharawat of Partabgarh, KCSI (b. at Partabgarh, 12th April 1908; d. 9th January 1949), only son of Maharajkumar Shri Man Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Yuvraj of Partabgarh, by his first wife, Yuvrani Shri Chandra Kumari Sahib, daughter of Musfik Meherban Dostan Raja Shri Ajit Singh Bahadur, Raja of Khetri. She had issue, two sons and two daughters - see India (Partabgarh).
  • 5) Maharajkumari Ba Shri Kriti Kunverba Sahib [Thakurani Shri Kriti Kunverba Sahiba, of Deolia]. b. Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 3rd April 1921 (d/o Vijay Kunverba), educ. Dhrangadhra Rajdham Shala, Dhrangadhra. cvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. 27th Janauary 1945, Thakur Devi Singh Rathore, of Deolia, son of Raoji Bijay Singh, of Deolia, in Jodhpur. She d. 29th September 1963, having had issue, two sons and one daughter. Copyright©Christopher Buyers
  • 6) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Shri Jayavant Kunverba Sahib [Rani Shri Jayavant Kunverba Sahiba, of Kushalgarh]. b. Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 9th April 1923 (d/o Vijay Kunverba), educ. Dhrangadhra Rajdham Shala, Dhrangadhra. Rcvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. at Dhrangadhra, 23rd May 1943, as his first wife (sep. 1948) Raoji Shri Harendra Kumar Singhji Sahib, Rao of Kushalgarh (b. 11th May 1924; d. 21st February 1967), eldest son of Raoji Shri Brijbehari Singhji Sahib, Yuvraj of Kushalgarh. She had issue, two sons - see India Vassals (Kushalgarh).
  • 7) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Shri Krishna Kunverba Sahib [H.H. Shri Jhaleji Maharani Shri Krishna Kunverba Baiji Lal Sahiba, Maharani of Jodhpur]. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhranagadhra, 10th February 1926 (d/o Rajni Anand Kunverba), educ. Dhrangadhra Rajdham Shala, Dhrangadhra. MP (Lok Sabha) 1971-1977. Rcvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. at Dhrangadhra, 14th February 1943, as his first wife, Group Captain H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Hanwant Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Jodhpur (b. at Jodhpur, 16th June 1923; k. in an airplane accident at Godwar, 26th January 1952), eldest son Lieutenant-General H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Umaid Singhji Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Jodhpur, GCSI, GCIE, KCVO, KStJ, by his wife, H.H. Maharani Sri Badan Kanwar Baiji Lal Sahib, daughter of Rao Bahadur Thakur Jai Singhji, of Osian in Umednagar. She had issue, one son and two daughters - see India (Jodhpur).
  • 8) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Shri Dhairya Kunverba Sahib [Yuvrani Shri Dhira Devi Sahiba, of Karauli]. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 31st October 1930 (d/o Vijay Kunverba), educ. privately. Rcvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. at Dhrangadhra, 26th January 1947, Maharajkumar Shri Brijendra Pal Deo Bahadur, Yuvraj of Karauli (b. 27th October 1927; d.v.p. at the Bhanwar Vilas Palace, Karauli, 9th August 1984), elder son of H.H. Maharajadhiraj Shri Ghanesh Pal Deo Bahadur, Yadukul Chandra Bhal, Maharaja of Karauli, by his second wife, a daughter of Raja Kishan Dutt Singh, of Oel and Kaimahra Raj, in the Kheri district of UP. She had issue, one son and two daughters - see India (Karauli).
  • 9) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Shri Himmat Kunverba Sahib. b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhranagadhra, 4th October 1934 (d/o Vijay Kunverba), educ. privately. Rcvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. (first) 3rd November 1958 (div. 1980), Rao Bahadur Umaid Singh, of Masuda (b. 8th September 1931). m. (second) 11th August 1980, Shrimant Mota Bharmar Lalji Harish Chandrasinhji Ranjitsinhji Sahib (b. 27th August 1924), sixth son of Shrimant Shri Maharajkumar Ranjitsinhji Vakhatsinhji Sahib, Yuvraj of Lunawada, by his third wife, Ladiji Shri Mertanji Kunverba Sahib, daughter of the Thakore Sahib of Bhavta in Jaipur State - see India (Lunawada).
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1942 – [2010] H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Maharaja Sir Mayurdwajsinhji Meghrajji III Ghanshyamsinjhi Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, KCIE (14.8.1947). b. at Sunder Vilas, Dhrangadhra, 3rd March 1923, second son of H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Sir Ghanshyamsinjhi Ajitsinhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra, GCIE, KCSI, by his third wife, H.H. Kotdawala Maharani Ba Shri Rajni Anand Kunverba, educ. Dhrangadhra Rajdham Shala, Dhrangadhra, Millfield Sch, Street, Somerset, Heath Mount Sch, Herts, Haileybury Coll, Herts, St Joseph’s Acad, Dehra Dun, Shivaji Military Sch, Poona, Christ Church, Oxford (B.Litt. 1958), Ruskin Sch of Drawing and Inst of Social Anthropology, Oxford (Dip.). Succeeded on the death of his father, 4th February 1942. Ascended the gadi at the Amar Mahal, Jhallisvara Vat Palace, Halvad, 15th February 1942. Reigned under a Council of Regency until he came of age and was invested with full ruling powers, 8th October 1943. Signed the instrument of accession to the Dominion of India, 9th August 1947. Merged his state into the United State of Kathiawad 15th February 1948, and into the Union of Saurashtra on 26th March 1948. Uprajpramukh of Saurashtra 26th March 1948 to 1952 (sometime acting Rajpramukh and C-in-C State Forces). Mbr Standing Cttee of the Chamber of Princes 1945-1947, and Constituent Assembly of India 1947-1948, Presdt Cttee of Priviledges for Saurashtra 1950, and the Jodhpur Council of Regency 1965-1968, MLA Gujarat State Assembly for Surendranagar 1967, and MP (Lok Sabha) for Jhalavad 1967-1971, Promoter & Intendent Gen for the Consultation of Rulers of Indian States in concord for India 1967-1971. Patron Talukdari Girassia College 1942-1948, and Bhandarkar Oriental Research Inst. Presdt State Bank of Saurashtra 1949, Rajkumar Coll (Rajkot) Governing Brd 1966-2001, and Sri Rajram Educational Foundn. Life Mbr Millfield Soc, Indian Council of World Affairs 1967, Indian Parliamentary Group 1967, Commonwealth Parliamentary Assoc 1967, Linguistic Soc of India, Numismatic Soc of India, Heraldry Soc, World Wildlife Fund. Mbr Indian Cttee of the United World Colleges, Cricket Club of India (Bombay), etc. FRAS, FRAI, Assoc Royal Historical Soc. The GOI amended the Indian Contitution to remove his guaranteed position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28th December 1971. Sovereign of the Sri Saktimat Makhapraphulla Order of Jhalavad 4th February 1942-2010. Rcvd: Coron (1937 & 1953), and Indian Independence (1947) medals. m. at Mehrangarh, Jodhpur, 3rd March 1943, H.H. Rathodiji Jodhpurwala Maharani Shrimati Sri Rajni Brijraj Kunverba Sahib (b. at Jodhpur, 14th December 1930), Dir Jhalavad Sambhal Seva Foundation Co since 2013, rcvd: Coron medal (1953), adopted daughter of Lieutenant-General H.H. Raj Rajeshwar Saramad-i-Rajha-i-Hindustan Maharajadhiraja Maharaja Shri Umaid Singhji Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja of Jodhpur, GCSI, GCIE, KCVO, KStJ, and eldest daughter of General Maharajadhiraj Shri Sir Ajit Singhji Sahib Bahadur, sometime Prime Minister of Jodhpur, by his wife, Maharani Shri Nand Kanwar Baiji Lal Sahiba, second daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Raja Shri Sawai Singh, Raja of Isarda, in Jaipur. He d. 1st August 2010, having had issue, three sons:
  • 1) Patvi Namdar Jhalavrit Maharajkumar Shri Sodhsalji Shatrujitdev Sahib, Yuvraj Sahib of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, who succeeded as H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Maharaja Sodhsalji Shatrujitdev Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra-Halvad – see below.
  • 2) Maharajkumar Shri Jayasinhji Jawahirdev Sahib [Jayabapa] [Dr. Jayasinhji Mayurdwajsinhji Jhala]. b. at Ajitniwas Palace, Dhrangadhra, 13th October 1948, educ. St Stephen’s Coll, Delhi Univ (BA 1968), Massachusetts Inst of Technology (MIT) (MSc 1983), and Harvard Univ, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (MA 1985, PhD 1991). Resident Tutor in Anthropology at Harvard Univ 1985-1991, Assist Professor of Social Anthropology at Temple Univ, Philadelphia 1990-1996, Assoc Professor since 1997, Dir Anthropology Video Media Lab and Undegraduate Track in Visual Anthropology since 1997. Chair Membership Cttee Soc for Visual Anthropology since 1994. Mbr Editorial Brd of “Visual Anthropology” 1978, Advisory Brd of Sruti Darshan Sampati Sansthan 1978, American Anthropological Assoc 1984, AFRI 1991. Dir Jhalavad Sambhal Seva Foundation Co since 2012. Rcvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal. m. at Rangamati, 6th September 1977, Maharajkumari Shri Raya Devi Sahib [K.V. Rajyasree Roy Jhala] (b. at the Rajbari, Rangbati, the Chittagong Hill Tracts, 31st August 1949), educ. Chittagong Womens’ Coll, Bangladesh, Mount Holyoke Coll, South Hadley, Massachusetts, and Princeton Univ, New Jersey, USA, sometime Partner Floating Deserts Sch, née Raj Kumari Rajasree [Rakhi] Roy, a Buddhist, youngest daughter of Raja Nalinaksha Roy, Raja of Chakma, in East Pakistan, by his wife, The Hon Rani Benita Roy, sometime Bangladesh Minister for Relief & Rehabilitation, grand-daughter of Brahmananda Babu Keshab Chandra Sen, and eldest daughter of Saral Chandra Sen, Barrister-at-Law, of Calcutta. He had issue, two daughters:
    • a) Baiji Lal Angma Devi Sahib [Angma Dey Jhala]. b. 26th April 1978, educ. The Lawrenceville Sch, New Jersey, Harvard Univ (BA 2001), Cambridge, Massachucettes, USA, Christ Church, Oxford (MA 2000, PhD 2006), and the Harvard Divinity Sch (M.Div. 2007), Cambridge, Massachucettes, USA. Assist Professor of History at Bentley Univ in Waltham, Massachusetts. Editor of “The Journal of the Oxford Univ History Soc”. Author of “Courtly Indian Women in Late Imperial India” (2008), and “Royal Patronage, Power and Aesthetics in Princely India” (2011). Joint Founder of The Thoreau Group 2001. Mbr the Lawrenceville Club of New York.
    • b) Baiji Lal Lila Devi Sahib [Liluye De Jhala]. b. 28th August 1979, educ. The Lawrenceville Sch, New Jersey, Harvard Univ (BA), Cambridge, Massachucettes, and Rhode Island Sch of Design, Brown Univ (MFA), Rhode Island, USA. Admissions Officer Brown Univ, Counsellor with ApplyWise LLC 2007, College Admissions Counsellor with Ivywise LLC. Joint Founder of Thoreau Group 2001. Mbr Assoc of Black Admissions, Financial Aid, etc.
  • 3) Maharajkumar Shri Siddhrajsinhji Gautama Deo Sahib [Siddhbapa]. b. at Ajitniwas Palace, Dhrangadhra, 11th May 1950, educ. The Doon Sch, Dehra Dun, and St Stephen’s Coll, Delhi Univ (MA). Artist and furniture maker. Dir Jhalama Unnati Astha, Ltd, Jhalavad Sambhal Seva Foundation Co since 2012, etc. m. (first) at Delhi, 14th June 1974 (div. 1984), Aruna Devi, née Meera Prasad, a Jain. m. (second) at Bijapur, Kangra, 29th April 1985, Kavrani Kanchande Sahiba (b. 13th January 1957), Chief Trustee Jhalama Unnati Astha, Dir Sri Rajini and Rajya Shala Schs since 1990, Jhalavad Sambhal Seva Foundation Co since 2013, etc, née Kanchan Kumari Katoch, daughter of Thakur Nasib Chand Katoch, of Bijapur, in the Kangra district of the Punjab, by his wife, Thakurani Subodh Kunwarji Sahiba, daughter of General Maharajadhiraj Shri Sir Ajit Singhji Sahib Bahadur, sometime Prime Minister of Jodhpur. He has issue, two daughters by his second wife:
    • a) Baiji Lal Amba Suhasini Sahib [Amba-Suhasini Jhala]. b. 14th March 1986, educ. Sri Rajini Sch, Dhrangadhra, Mayo Coll Girls’ Sch, Ajmeer, St Stephen’s Coll, Delhi Univ (BA 2006), and the London Acad of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) (BA Hons 2009), London. Theatre and television actress in the UK.
    • b) Baiji Lal Sukanya Devika Sahib [Sukanya-Devika K. Jhala]. b. 4th November 1987, educ. Sri Rajini Sch, Dhrangadhra, Mayo Coll Girls’ Sch, Ajmeer, at St Stephen’s Coll, Delhi Univ. Production Assist and Reporter with NDTV in New Delhi 2008-2010, model and theatre actress. Mbr St Stephen’s Coll Shakespeare Soc.
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[2010 – 2017] H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Maharaja Sodhsalji Shatrujitdev Sahib Bahadur [Jibava], Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra-Halvad. b. at Durbargadh Palace, Dhrangadhra, 22nd March 1944, eldest son of H.H. Shri Shaktimant Jhaladipati Mahamandleshwar Maharana Sriraj Maharaja Sir Mayurdwajsinhji Meghrajji III Ghanshyamsinjhi Sahib Bahadur, Maharaja Raj Sahib of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, KCIE, by his wife, H.H. Rathodiji Jodhpurwala Maharani Shrimati Sri Rajni Brijraj Kunverba Sahib, educ. Cothill House Preparatory Sch, Oxford, the Doon Sch, Dehra Dun, and Christ Church, Oxford. Became Heir Apparent at birth and formally invested as such, with the title of Yuvraj Sahib of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, at the Ajit Niwas Palace, Dhrangadhra, 1961. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Dhrangadhra-Halvad, 1st August 2010. Trustee Raj Karma Shakti Asta. Dir Dhrangadhra Chemical Works (DCW) Ltd 1990-2017, Jaycee Chemicals Pvt Ltd, Umbria Chmicals Pvt Ltd, Jhalavad Sambhal Seva Foundation Co 2012-2017, etc. Founder Mbr Indian National Trust for Art, Culture & Heritage (INTACH). Sovereign of the Sri Saktimat Makhapraphulla Order of Jhalavad 1st August 2010-2017 (previously Registrar of the order). Rcvd: the Halvad-Dhrangadhra State Rajyabhisek Medal 1st class and the Halvad-Dhrangadhra Accession to India Medal (25.3.1948). m. (first) 6th May 1970, Yuvarani Savitri Devi Sahib (b. 16th November 1941; d. 8th September 1983), née Sahibzadi Mehr un-nisa Shah Nur Bai Sahiba, daughter of Captain Sahibzada Shri Atta Muhammad Yawar Khanji Lohani, of Palanpur, by his wife, Amber Jahan Begum, daughter of Khan Shri Sher Ahmad Khanji Sultan Muhammadkhanji Babi, of Matiyana, a bayad of Junagadh state. m. (second) 21st September 1986, H.H. Shekhawatiji Maharani Shrimati Sri Rajni Aisha Devi Sahiba (b. 1st December 1948), née Yashwant Kumari, daughter of a member of the Shekhawat clan. He d. at Bombay, 17th September 2017, having had issue, three daughters, by his first wife:
  • 1) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Nisha Devi Sahiba [Pashwa Jhala]. b. 5th July 1971 (d/o Shah Nur Bai), educ. Rishi Valley Sch (RVS), Madanapalle, Chittoor, AP, J.B. Petit High Sch, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, and Brockwood Park Sch, Bramdean, Hampshire. Teacher and educator. m. Flynn [Jim] (b. at Depwade, Norfolk, 20th May 1965), educ. Diss High Sch, and Norwich City Coll, Norfolk, employeed with the International Soc for Ecology & Culture (ISEC), Purchasing Mngr Greenfibres Ltd in Totnes, Devon, Consultant for Greenfibres in India, son of Michael A Flynn, of Diss, Norfolk, by his wife, Anne V Clements. She has issue, two sons.
  • 2) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Rama Devi Sahiba [Wollu Jhala]. b. at Bombay, 20th July 1972 (d/o Shah Nur Bai), educ. Rishi Valley Sch (RVS), Madanapalle, Chittoor, AP, and Brockwood Park Sch, Bramdean, Hampshire. Mngr Thera-Wellness.
  • 3) Maharajkumari Baiji Lal Rohina Nitya Devi Sahiba [Roo Jhala] [Mrs Rohina McLaughlin]. b. 4th February 1978 (d/o Shah Nur Bai), educ. Rishi Valley Sch (RVS), Madanapalle, Chittoor, AP, Sophia Coll, Bombay (BA), and the Oxford Sch of Drama. Stident Director 2003, Dir Tambourine Theatre in Oxford since 2004, Consultant and DISP Instructor Trainer with Theatre Professionals in Mumbai. m. at Oxford, July 2002, Liam F. McLaughlin, Dir Tambourine Theatre since 2004, Mbr Oxford City Stars Ice Hockey Club since 2007.
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