Prakash Chand Surana
Business person
Music connoisseur
Known forHindustani music
Kundan meenakari jewelry
SpouseShobha Devi
ChildrenTwo daughters, Two sons
AwardsPadma Shri
Sawai Bhawani Singh Award
Dagar Gharana Award

Prakash Chand Surana was an Indian jeweler, business person, philanthropist and a music connoisseur, known for his efforts to promote Hindustani music.[1][2] He was the co-founder of Shruti Mandal, a music community in Jaipur and served as its president, under the aegis of which he reportedly attempted to revive Jaipur gharana tradition.[3] Founded in 1964, the forum has hosted, over the years, such musicians as Kumar Gandharv, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Bhimsen Joshi and Hariprasad Chaurasia.[4] Born in 1939 in Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan in a Marwari family, he inherited the family jewelry business and contributed to reviving the Kundan meenakari tradition of jewelry making.[5] Surana, who was married to Shobha Devi and had four children- Chandra, Manju, Pracheer & Priti, died on 5 February 2015, succumbing to a cardiac arrest.[6] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, posthumously in 2016, for his contributions to arts.[7][8] He was also a recipient of Sawai Bhawani Singh Award for excellence in business and industry[9] and Dagar Gharana Award of the Maharana of Mewar Foundation.[4]

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  1. ^ "Jaipur loses connoisseur of Hindustani classical music". Times of India. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Padma Shri Award for Gulabo Sapera, Rakash Cand Surana from Rajasthan". Rajastan GK Net. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Philanthropy". Jaipur Gems. 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b D.K. Taknet; IntegralDMS (22 July 2016). The Marwari Heritage. IntegralDMS. pp. 368–. ISBN 978-1-942322-06-1.
  5. ^ "Remembering Prakash Chand Surana". Medium. 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Rajasthan mourns the death of Prakash Chand Surana". TV News. ETV Network. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 August 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  8. ^ "A Tribute to Padmasree Prakash Chand Surana Ji". Printerest. 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh Award". Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh Museum. 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2016.