Princess Diya Kumari – Indian Royalty and a great personality
Being an only child, Princess Diya Kumari has been personally groomed by her grandmother Rajmata Gayatri Devi. She’s rooted in reality and unspoiled by glamour. She is the custodian of a legacy and doing a job of a princess to keep the art and culture of the royal family of Jaipur alive.
She attended Modern School (New Delhi) and Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School Jaipur and later did a decorative Arts course in London. She manages the family heritage, which includes City Palace, Jaipur that’s also partly her royal residence, Jaigarh Fort, Amber and two trusts: Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust, Jaipur, and the Jaigarh Public Charitable Trust. She also manages two schools: The Palace School and Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh School. She is also engaged in the management of the three Palace Hotels; Hotel Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur, Hotel Jaipur House, Mount Abu and Hotel Lal Mahal Palace, Jaipur.
Diya Kumari has three children from her marriage to Maharaja Narendra Singh, Thikana Kothara of Shivad. Their eldest son Maharaja Sawai Padmanabh Singh was born on 2 July 1998, adopted by His Late Highness Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh as his crown prince on 22 November 2002 and nominally enthroned on Jaipur Gaddi on 27 April 2011. Their second son is Lakshraj Singh and their daughter is Gauravi Kumari.
Following the footsteps of her grandmother Rajmata Gayatri Devi, Diya Kumari has finally taken the plunge into politics. She formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on September 10, 2013, before a crowd of two-lakh people in the presence of then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh and Vasundhara Raje, at a rally in Jaipur.
A true educationist at heart, she feels that education plays a vital role in transforming both individual lives and the entire society and thus she took initiative in establishing two highly prestigious educational institutes of Jaipur known as The Palace School and Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh School. She takes pride and a keen interest in managing them.
She has played a vital role in steering the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum Trust and the Jaigarh Public Charitable Trust to new heights. With her innovative and dynamic ideas, she has infused new life into both the trusts by changing the museum from a static, said display area to a hub of nonformal educational and cultural activities. She has also been instrumental in the revival of the 36 Kharkhanas, an old system of art and craftsmanship followed in the erstwhile Jaipur State to its new origin as “Friends of the Museum”. Artisans and craftsmen including many of the national and district award winners are given shelter, patronage and opportunity to demonstrate their art and craftsmanship before visitors and directly sell their products to them.
In spite of her busy schedule handling the businesses and schools, she ensures to take time out for works of charity and extends all possible help and support to various causes. She also encourages the youth to excel in the field of fine arts, academics, sports etc.