Khas Bagh visits with Dewanji (Shyam Bahadur)

By Ravindra (Robi) Bahadur

Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 5:57 PM

The building as you know is KHAS BAGH. Nawab had two palaces one in town, the other in the civil lines. Khas Bagh was built by French architect and had wonderful lay -out full of lavish green lawns and trees. It had Mardana Khana for Nawab Sh. as well as Zanana Khana for Begum Sh. wing A and B.

There were other buildings around Rampur where he used to go as per weather. One of them was Lakkha Bagh. One lakh mango trees were planted there and got the name Lakkha Bagh.

Novelties were displayed at the impressive entrance of the Khas Bagh Palace. I accompanied Papa and had a kind of tour. There was one red car also which used to rotate, blow horn lights on and off etc etc. As a child you will be so fascinated that you will keep watching and won’t move from there.

Nawabs were entitled to import, duty free so Nawab Raza Ali Khan had given standing orders as soon as there is any novelty of his interest it was to be shipped to him. When Buick car was introduced he had ordered one dozen cars. I saw in the girag. He enjoyed its test drive so much that he speeded to Nanital accordingly others followed. He was speeding so high that those accompanying him thought it was the end of their lives. Finally some one touched his feet begging him to bring the speed down. With these kinds of ‘harkats’ one can make out how challanging it must have been for people around him.

As and when desired by palace, Nawab’s car will report to Dewan House, Sarkar ne yaad farmaya hai. Papa will say aap Kunwar Lutfe Ali Khan ko pick up karnen mai tayyar hota hoon, just to gain time, in our Peepal Tola Mohalla the third person at times used to be Chaudhry Raghunath Prasad (father of Jai Kishan and Sri Kishan) with these three Nawab’s bridge table of four was completed.
They used to have royal banquets at the Khas Bagh Palace. For one Hindu Khana on Holi Papa was in-charge, he took me also. I had his instructions to touch Nawab’s feet if ever I came accross. Soon I saw Nawab Sh. coming for a round of inspection. Kiska hai, Papa answered, Sarkar aap ka he hai. Khana kha ke jana. When the banquet started it reminds me to-day of an Opera like atmosphere. Huge gathering service rotating with well uniformed bearers and food veg/non-veg was at its best. Even to-day If ever I meet old timer in Delhi and name of Rampur crops up, he has to talk to me kind of non-stop about the State, culture, hospitality and food.  Some retiered Commissioners high govt. officials even when they were transferrd out of Rampur used to seek invitation to his famous banquets, Bareilly Moradabad even Lucknow posted ones will turn up and will not miss.

One old Maison met me at the petrol station where both of us were getting our cars attended, strangers, we opend conversation, oh you are from Rampur.  and he started Nawab Rampur threw a dinner at Ashoka Hotel, he was Grand Master of Masonic Lodge, he just kept on, talking about the Rampur food. Also told me he was sent to Rampur by Pundit Je. in connection with … and told me Nawab was in and out a true patriotic Indian and was deadly against any unethical pratic but not his brother and son.

Most interesting was my experience with the Nawab Sh. when he also said khane ke baad, picture dekh ke jana. I think it was AWARA. In his Royal Theatre movie started after some time movie was stopped and he with the help of a stick pointed out screen as to where direction has gone wrong in the movie, movie was resumed as soon as movie was resumed his kids said Daddy I have not finished drinking my water, movie was stopped again by commanding ‘ROKO’. Oh those royal interruptions lights on and off with several Royal Intervals was no less than a picnic. An experience never again except in watching movies in Tehsils where Bhai Sh. was posted, chairs will go from the house according to the number of our family members and movie will not start until Tehsildar Sh.’s family is in seat. What nakhras and style of course befitting with those days.

I was up at four this morning and could write this up I think I am too late for my walk now, any how I will close here.
Love
Chacha

Dewan House & Co. – by Robi Sahib

1940s - Family Group - Front Courtyard - Seated (L to R) -

The more you see these photographs the more you remember the golden days spent in Dewan House. Instantly you are taken there.

Unfortunately we all could not get-together in Rampur (for the reunion),
now at least let’s have, all our clan’s photographs completed lot easy to explain to new generation what’s what. All of us have one two photographs lying here and there and we do need to lay hands on them now only.

Once for all we would be able to achieve a lot making use of latest technology, courtesy Yogesh and Rakesh.

Dadda (Raj Bahadur) was asked to throw the given peace of marble with his full might and wherever it fell the land was measured from point it was thrown and allotted to him by the Nawab of Rampur. That’s the story of the size of the land of Dewan House. There is a Royal Sanad (Shahi Farman) to this effect.

Please keep copying your messages to each other in the bargain our mailing list and related information will get completed too.

Dadda was Dewan Sadar, controller of State’s finance. This post was to remain with his generation to generation just like British system. He only held the key of the Royal Treasury, most trusted job.

When Waliad Sahib (Murtaza Ali Khan) was born he was called at that hour to specially open the treasury as Nawab wanted to shower money to celebrate his son’s birth.

Thakur Baba always accompanied him carrying all his official papers and bags of money. If any one can lay hand on Thakur Baba’s photograph you will see how royally he used to wear the dress (uniform) and his Safa.
Dadda’s monthly salary was carried by Thakur Baba in small gunny bags tight and full of silver rupee coins. Salaries were given by weight and not by count. The salary bag was directly delivered to Dadi Lady of the Dewan House who ran a big household. Her word was law there was no negotation on her decisions and policies. Her’s was the final word in running this huge responsiblity. Her sons were like most obedient to her, extending full respect and not a word of objection. So was clear to others all of us that here is no room of liking or not liking.

Once a journalist uncle of ours made family tree and told Dadi “Do you know from you there are 100 members of the family.” She was so furious that she gave him bit of her mind.  “It’s last time that you counted my family members and you will not do so in future”

It was not considered good omen to count family members. NAZAR MAT LAGAO meri family ko. Perhaps so proud of all of us.

You are all most welcome to come forward with your memories/collection connected with (DH) Dewan House.

Let’s sum it up more properly and completely. At least this much we can do from our house only, where there is no travel involved.

Most of us are on e-mail but I see very few addresses, I hope to get next e-mail with every body’s e-mail.

All I can say “Hit the iron when its hot and its the time to do so”.

Definitely on week-end we must steal some time to feed whatever information we have, one and all.

Love

Robi (Ravindra Bahadur Khare)


Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 06:49:02 +0530

Dear All,

I’m sure when you hit the following link :

`Aap apne aap ko shayad rok nahin payenge apni scanned photos Yogesh ko email karne se.`
Please ensure that we also give the official names along with the nick names.
Please rush send to add more and more info of yours.
Regards
Sunil Satyawakta

———- Forwarded message ———-

Date: 3 April 2010 13:19

You may have received mails from Rakesh and Yougesh who are really seriously busy compiling details of all RAMPUR HOUSE. I am sure you will appreciate this task they have undertaken, we all need to feed them with the information/photographs in this connection. All we have can be e-mailed to them or given to me for scanning and return.
Please take a minute off to complete your family particulars with full details and lets compile all e-mail addresses at the same time. Keep copying each other and let the list be consolidated.
More later.

Love

Robi

Dewan House – Rampur – UP – India

Welcome to 97 Dewan House – Rampur – UP – India – Home of the Bahadur Family from 1890 – 1990s

Raj Bahadur (Dewan of Rampur)

- Raj Bahadur came to Rampur State in 1880s

- Became Dewan of Rampur (Head of State Affairs)

- Received the Title: Bahadur (means brave) from the Nawab (king)

- Built Dewan House in 1890 on the land given to him by the Nawab of Rampur.

- Father of the Bahadur Clan

- 10 children

6 boys and 4 daughters

See 5 of 6 brothers and 3 or 4 sisters in the portrait below.

The Group Picture (below) Circa 1920s features 5 of the 6 sons of Raj Bahadur and  his daughters & daughter-in-laws in the back row.

(Please help identify the people in the picture)