Raja Mansingh Tomar Music and Arts University Gwalior


Raja Mansingh Tomar Music and Arts University is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the the urban setting of the large city of Gwalior (population range of 1,000,000-5,000,000 inhabitants), Madhya Pradesh. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, Raja Mansingh Tomar Music and Arts University is a coeducational higher education institution. Raja Mansingh Tomar Music and Arts University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees in several areas of study. Raja Mansingh Tomar Music and Arts University also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including as well as administrative services


The present University, Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University, Gwalior is a befitting tribute to a generous and music loving ruler Raja Mansingh Tomar (1486-1518) because the king always promoted the ancient Indian Art and during his period there was tremendous progress in Music and Sculpture. Raja Mansingh Tomar comprehended the importance of Music and Arts and holds the credit for developing the art of dance. He provided patronage to sculpture, art of engraving, drawing and painting and the ancient Indian Culture. The present university symbolizes the great effort of Raja Mansingh Tomar for the learning of art and music in India. The great musicians like Tansen and Baiju Bawra had their music education at sangeet Vidhyapeeth Gwalior opened by Raja Mansingh Tomar. Gwalior Gharana is the oldest of gharanas of music. So looking into the historical and cultural heritage of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh Govt. Started the present University in the Sweet monuments of Raja Mansingh Tomar at Gwalior. This dream was fulfilled on 19th Aug, 2008, when the university started functioning with five Faculties of Music, Dance, Fine Arts, Theatre and Social Science with affiliation to nearly Ninety five institutions of Madhya Pradesh As a teaching cum residential university; the faculties have enriched the cultural heritage with various activities all around. The University aims at the advancement and cultural heritage with various activities all around. The University aims at the advancement and dissemination of learning and knowledge of music and arts and their role in national development.


After being founded by Maharaj Suraj Sen, Gwalior Fort saw many different rulers ruling the city and suburbs around it. Gwalior became a prominent place for religious practices, cultures and other disciplines coming up during that time in the country. During the 6th century BC Gwalior was ruled by the Nanda dynasty of Pataliputra. During the first century AD, Gwalior came under Naga Dynasty.[6] From the carving found at Pawaya, it has been discovered that the kushanas ruled the city till the 3rd century AD. After that, it came under the Guptas till 467 AD. During the 5th century, The Kannauj of Gurar-Pratihara Dynasty ruled Gwalior and played a prominent role in shaping its history. From 700–740 AD Gwalior (fondly called then as Gopal Giri) became the capital of Kannauj. A Magnificent Sun Temple was created at the fort hill during that period.

Muhammad of Ghor (also called Muhammad Ghori) invaded Gwalior and planned a mass destruction to capture the fort. But he failed as the fort was unconquerable under the brave efforts of Parihars. In 1231 Iltutmish captured Gwalior after an 11-month-long effort and from then till the 13th century it remained under Muslim Rule. In 1375, Raja Veer Singh was made the ruler of Gwalior and he founded the rule of the Tomar clan. During those years, Gwalior saw its golden period.

The Jain Sculptures at Gwalior Fort were built during Tomar’s rule. Raja Man Singh made his dream palace, the Maan Mandir Palace which is now a centre of tourist attraction at Gwalior Fort. Babur described it as “the pearl in the necklace of forts of India and not even the winds could touch its masts”. The daily Light and Sound Show organised there tells about the history of the Gwalior Fort and Man Mandir Palace. Later in the 1730s, the Scindias captured Gwalior and it remained a princely state during the British Rule.

Ganesh temple at Gwalior Fort has the very first occurrence of zero as a written number in the world. By the 15th century, the city had a noted singing school which was attended by Tansen. Gwalior was ruled by the Mughals and then the Marathas.


In the last few years, Gwalior has developed into a significant centre of education. It hosts many prominent government as well as private universities and institutions including the following:

Universities in Gwalior

Amity- University[25]PrivateAirport Road, Maharajpura
ITM University[26]Private UniversityOpp. Sithouli Railway Station, NH-75 Sithouli, Gwalior
Jiwaji UniversityGovernmentUniversity road, City Centre
Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education[27]GovernmentRacecourse Road
Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (RVSKVV)[28]GovernmentRacecourse Road
Raja Mansingh Tomar Music & Arts University[29]GovernmentAchaleshwar Road

Prominent Institutes in Gwalior

Prominent Institutes in Gwalior

Institute Type Location
Central Ayurvedic Research Institute and Hospital Government Aamkho
College of Agriculture Government Racecourse Road
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Polytechnic College Government Jhansi road
Gajara Raja Medical College(GRMC) Government Heritage theme road, Lashkar
Govt. Girls Polytechnic College Government MLB Road, Padav
Institute of Hotel Management Government Airport road, Maharajpura
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM) Government Morena Link road
Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management Government Govindpuri
Kamla Raja girls College (KRG College) Government Kampoo
Madhav Institute of Technology and Science(MITS) Government aided Gola ka mandir, Racecourse road
Maharani Lakshmi Bai College of Excellence (MLB College) Government Katora taal, Heritage theme road
Rustamji Institute of Technology(RJIT) Government/Border Security Force BSF Academy, Tekanpur
Shrimant Madhavrao Scindia Government Model Science College Government Naka Chandrabani, Jhansi road

Gwalior has five Kendriya Vidyalayas (managed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government Of India),several Engineering and Technological Institutes and more than 30 affiliated engineering colleges.

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