Gwalior is one of the historical cities of central India which has been land of many heroes, saint, dynasties and artists. It is the city where the forts and the palaces still remind us about the royal heritage of the clans, from Rajputs to the Tomars. It is the land which has witnessed the mutiny of 1857 and many battles as well. The famous historical figures such as Rani Lakshmibai, Tansen and Tatya Tope were linked to this land of warriors.
According to the folk tales, Suraj Sen founded this city and named after the saint Gwalipa who had saved former life by the medicinal water. Gwalior is the district of Madhya Pardesh, where its present is being painted into modern life while the glorious past is resting in palaces and the museums.
Gwalior is the city of renowned arts and culture. From time to time artists from this city has been proving their mettle in the field of arts. In 2005, six artists from this city registered their name in Guinness Book of Records for creating the world’s largest mural.
It seems that this city explored the classical music to the roots. Musicians from Gwalior gave the new dimension to the music. The phenomenal musician Tansen was belonged to this city. He was one of the navratna (nine pearls) of the Emperor Akbar. Baiju Bawara was the famous figure of the city who earned lot of popularity in the field of classical music. Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is also from Gwalior. His grandfather Ghulam Ali Khan Bangash was the court musician in Gwalior. The Gwalior School of Music or Gwalior Gharana is proudly mentioned in the field of music and Dhrupad is the most famous raga of this School.
Gwalior is also the center of carpet weaving which is the legacy of the Mughals. Watch the unmatched skill of the craftsmen in the carpet weaving and textile dyeing field. Gwalior is one of the eminent places of manufacturing paper maché items and toys. It is the big industry of the leather works. Regarding culture Gwalior is the fusion of two rich cultures Bundeli and Braj.