Maihar State
Princely State of British India

Maihar State in the Imperial Gazetteer of India
• 1940
1,054 km2 (407 sq mi)
• 1940
• Established
Succeeded by
Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer. p.1122

Maihar State was a princely state in India during the British Raj, located in what is today Madhya Pradesh, central India. The state had an area of 1,050 square kilometres (407 sq mi), and a population of 63,702 in 1901. The state, which was watered by the Tons River, consists mainly of alluvial soil covering sandstone, and is fertile except in the hilly district of the south.[1] A large area was under forest, the produce of which provided a small export trade.[1]

The state gained India-wide and later, worldwide fame for Maihar gharana, a gharana or school of Indian classical music. It is one of the most prominent gharanas of the 20th century; much of the fame of Hindustani classical music in the west stems from this gharana.[2]


The state was founded in 1778. From 1788 to 1790 Maihar State was occupied by Banda. The state became a princely state of British India in the early 19th century, and was administered as part of Bundelkhand Agency in the Central India Agency. In 1871 the eastern states of Bundelkhand Agency, including Maihar, were separated to form the new Bagelkhand Agency in Central India. In 1933 Maihar, along with ten other states in western Bagelkhand, were transferred back to the Bundelkhand Agency.[citation needed]

The state suffered severely from famine in 1896–1897.[1] Maihar became a station on the East Indian Railway[1](now the West Central Railway) line between Satna and Jabalpur, 156 kilometres (97 mi) north of Jabalpur. Extensive ruins of shrines and other buildings surround the town.[1] As of 1940 it had a population of 79,558 and an area of 412 square miles. In 1948 Maihar was merged into India.

The legendary Indian musician Ustad Allauddin Khan was the court musician for Maharaja Brijnath Singh of Maihar.[3] Here he laid the foundation of a modern Maihar gharana by developing a number of ragas, combining the bass sitar and bass sarod with more traditional instruments and setting up an orchestra. In 1907, he established the Maihar Band, an orchestral group that was taught music to orphaned children.[4]


The state was ruled by Venvanshi Clan of Rajputs.[5]




  1. ^ a b c d e Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Maihar" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 429.
  2. ^ Nair, Jyoti (15 March 2018). "The Maihar gharana is represented by Pt. Ravi Shankar". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  3. ^ Islam, Sirajul (2012). "Khan, Ustad Alauddin". In Islam, Sirajul; Khan, Mobarak (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  4. ^ Atre, Vandana (9 May 2021). "मैहर बँड". Lokmat (in Marathi). Retrieved 30 May 2021.
  5. ^ Allen, Charles; Dwivedi, Sharada (1998). Lives of the Indian Princes. BPI Publishing. p. 292. ISBN 978-81-86982-05-1.

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