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The Wodeyar Dynasty

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1940 - [1974] Major-General H.H. Maharaja Sri Sir Jaya Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur, Maharaja of Mysore, GCB (c 1.1.1946), GCSI (1.1.1945). b. at Chamundi Vihar Palace, Mysore, 18th July 1919, only son of H.H. Yuvaraja Sri Sir Kanthirava Narasimharaja Wodeyar Bahadur, GCIE, by his wife, H.H. Soubhagyavati Yuvarani Sri Kempu Cheluvajammanni Avaru, educ. Royal Sch., Lokaranjan Mahal, Maharaja’s Coll., and Mysore Univ. (BA 1938). Became Heir Apparent with the title of Yuvaraja Bahadur on the death of his father, 11th March 1940. Succeeded on the death of his uncle, 3rd August 1940. Ascended the gadi, 29th August 1940 and was formally installed and anointed, at Jaganmohana Palace, Mysore, 8th September 1940. Signed the instrument of accession 9th August and acceded under certain conditions to the Dominion of India, 15h August 1947. Executed an agreement of merger with India, 23rd January 1950 (whence he ceased to be sovereign). Installed as Rajpramukh of the State of Mysore 26th January 1950, and continued in that office until 31st October 1956. Governor of Mysore 1st November 1956 to 3rd May 1964, and of Madras 4th May 1964 25th June 1966. Hon Maj-Gen IA. Hon Col Queen Victoria’s Own (Madras Engineer Centre) RIE 15/8/1948. The GOI amended the Indian Constitution to remove his position as a “ruler” and his right to receive privy-purse payments, 28thDecember 1971. A scholar and composer of world renown. Chancellor Karnataka, Benares Hindu (to 1963), Annamalai, Madras and Mysore Univs 1940-1974. Patron & Chief Scout of Mysore State 1940-1956. Chair Indian Brd of Wildlife. Presdt The Philharmonia Consert Soc (London) 1948. Fellow & Presdt Sangeet Natak Acad (New Delhi) 1966-1974. Hon Fellow Trinity Coll of Music, London (1946). Licentiate Guild Hall Sch of Music. Hon LLD Benares Hindu Univ (1942). D. Lit. (Annamalai Univ. 1955), and Hon. D.Lit. (Univ. of Queensland, Australia). Patron Mysore and Bangalore Race Clubs, Bangalore Turf Club, Mysore Golf Club, etc. Chair Chamundi Hotels Pvt Ltd and Sri Venkateswara Real Estate Enterprises (P.) Ltd 1971-1974. Mbr Bombay Natural History Soc. Author “An Aspect of Indian Aesthetics” (1956), “Dattatreya-the Way and the Goal” (1957), “The Quest for Peace: an Indian Approach” (1959), “The Geetha and Indian Culture” (1963), “Religion and Man” (1965), etc. m. (first) at the Kalyana Mantap, Mysore Palace, 15th May 1938, H.H. Soubhagyavati Maharani Sri Satya Premakumari Ju Devi Ammanni Avaru (d.s.p. at Jaipur, 1983), daughter of Rao Bhau Pratap Singh Ju Deo Bahadur, Rao of Jigni, in Central India. m. (second) at Mysore Palace, 30th April 1944, H.H. Soubhagyavati Maharani Sri Tripura Sundari Devi Ammanni Avaru (d. 1982), Dir Sri Venkateswara Real Estate Enterprises (P.) Ltd 1971-1982, daughter of Balnanja Raj Urs, an officer in the Mysore State Forces. He d. at the Royal Palace, Bangalore, 23rd September 1974, having had issue, one son and five daughters by his second wife:
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[1974 - 2013] H.H. Maharaja Sri Kantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar Bahadur, Maharaja of Mysore. b. at Mysore Palace, 20th February 1953, only son of Major-General H.H. Maharaja Sri Sir Jaya Chamarajendra Wodeyar Bahadur, Maharaja of Mysore, GCB, GCSI, by his second wife, H.H. Soubhagyavati Maharani Sri Thiripura Sundhari Devi Ammanni Avaru, educ. Royal Sch, Lokaranjan Mahal, Maharaja Coll (BA 1972), and Sharda Vilas Law Coll, Mysore Univ (MA 1974, LLB), and Trinity Coll of Music, London. Sometime Lecturer in Political Science at Mysore Univ. Succeeded on the death of his father as Head of the Royal House of Mysore, 23rd September 1974. MP (Lok Sabha) for Mysore (Karnataka) 1984-1991 and 1996-2004, Chair & MD Investments (Pte) Ltd, Sri Venkateswara Real Estate Enterprises (Pte) Ltd, and Mysore International Travel Agency (Pte) Ltd. Patron & Managing Partner Sri Manjunath Packing & Works, Wadiyar Regency Rooms Theatre Complex, Gayatri Enterprises, and Saraswati Enterprises. Chair Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Mahevani Lakshammamiavam Educational Trust, and Yuvarani Kempuchelo-Vajammaummani Educational Trust. Presdt Karnataka State Cricket Assoc (KSCA) 2007- 2010 & 2013, and Gunamtra Maternity & Child Welfare Centre. Patron Sri Jayachamarajendra Educational Trust. Captain Mysore Univ Cricket Team 1974. Trustee Mysore Race Club Charitable Trust 1983-2013. Mbr Mysore Sports, Bangalore Golf, Mysore Race, Bangalore Turf, and Delhi Race Clubs, and of Karnataka State Cricket and Club House. Dir Sri Venkateswara Real Estate Enterprises (P.) Ltd 1982. m. at the Palace Pavilion, Bangalore, 8th February 1976, H.H. Soubhagyavati Maharani Sri Satya Pramoda Kumari Ju Devi Ammanni Avaru (b. at Mysore, 27th October 1954), educ. Mysore Univ (MA), Presdt Chamaraja Ursu Education Trust, Cahir Ursu Boarding Sch Management Cttee, Dir Sri Venkateswara Real Estate Enterprises (P.) Ltd 1985, Mbr Mysore Race, Bangalore Turf, and Delhi Race Clubs, etc, great-grand daughter of Gopala Raj Urs, of Bettadakote. He d.s.p. from heart failure at the Vikram Hospital, Bangalore, 10th December 2013.
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