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Sonali Agrawal

8 Influential Women of Udaipur - Must Read

Udaipur, also known as the “City of Lakes,” “City of Palaces,” and “City of Colorful Traditions,” has been home to a large number of powerful women throughout its history, each of whom has left an unmistakable impression on the city’s history and culture. These women have bucked traditional conventions and preconceptions in order to follow their hobbies and make a difference in their communities. 

They range from governing monarchs to artists, activists to businesswomen. Their contributions to the city’s legacy have resulted in the city’s cultural fabric becoming richer, and they continue to be an inspiration to succeeding generations. In this article, we will investigate the lives of eight such famous women from Udaipur who have left a lasting impression on the city’s history, culture, and society. These women have played a significant role in the city’s past and continue to have an important role in its present and future.

  • Sudha Chandran

A substantial portion of Sudha Chandran’s formative years were spent in Udaipur, despite the fact that she was born in Bombay on September 27, 1965. She was only sixteen years old when she was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in the amputation of her right leg, but she chose not to allow her handicap to stop her from pursuing her goals. She taught herself how to dance while using a prosthetic limb, and she went on to become one of the most recognized dancers of her day. 

The Padma Shri and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress are just two of the many accolades that have been bestowed upon Sudha Chandran in recognition of her many achievements in the field of the performing arts.

  • Rani Sajjan Kanwar

Rani Sajjan Kanwar was the wife of the Maharana of Udaipur, Bhim Singh, who reigned from 1778 to 1828. She was well respected for both her intellect and her political savvy, and she was an integral part of Udaipur’s administrative system throughout her life. During the reign of her husband, she assumed care of the operations of the state and worked diligently to ameliorate the situation of the people. 

Throughout her lifetime, she was a significant benefactor to the arts community, serving as a supporter of a number of different musicians and artists. The title of “Rajmata,” which translates to “Queen Mother,” was bestowed on Rani Sajjan Kanwar in recognition of her significant contributions to the growth and development of Udaipur. Among these accolades and honors was included the “Rajmata” title.

  • Kanku Bai

Kanku Bai was a well-known folk singer and musician who was originally from Udaipur. She was instrumental in the development of Rajasthani folk music and played an important part in advancing its popularity. She came from a musical background, so it was natural for her to pick up the instrument and start singing at an early age. She was invited to play at a wide variety of cultural events all around Rajasthan, and she became famous for the strength of her voice and the passion with which she interpreted Rajasthani folk music. 

The Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Akademi Award is one of the honors that Kanku Bai has received in recognition of her significant contributions to the dissemination of Rajasthani folk music throughout the course of her career. In addition, she was honored with the Padma Shri award in 2006 for the services that she had made to the artistic community.

  • Hitanshi Sharma

It is not everyone’s cup of tea to be a politician while also juggling the responsibilities of being a mother, daughter, and wife in everyday life. In spite of the many obstacles one must overcome in order to thrive in the realm of politics, Hitanshi has managed to do an outstanding amount of work here. In Udaipur, she serves as a Councillor (Parshad) for Ward 62, and she does all in her power to make this city a more pleasant place for us to live. She is not afraid to speak her mind and has a firm stance on how she believes things need to be in the long term. She had never intended on having a career in politics, but when the chance presented itself, she seized it with both hands and marveled at her own quick thinking and decisive action.

  • Smriti Kedia

Since she does not have the term “simple” in her lexicon, she strongly believes that there are no quick cuts and that one must put in a lot of effort. Smriti Kedia has just been promoted to the position of chief executive officer of Sadhna. She is a genuine source of motivation and a driving force for positive social change in Udaipur and beyond. She did not originate from a family that has any historical connection to the field of social work. 

Smriti has gently brought to our attention the fact that achieving equality and empowering women is not complicated at all. Smriti is continuing the work of her ancestors by advocating for the advancement of women in the rural, tribal, and urban slum districts of Udaipur. 

  • Dolly Taldar 

 Dolly Taldar is the Director of Ramada Resort and Spa in Udaipur. She has spent a significant amount of time working in the hotel sector, and she is now managing a young company. Dolly believes that gender prejudice is ingrained in the human psyche and that it is particularly prevalent in communities with limited population sizes. But, your knowledge and talents are unaffected by your gender, and if you have the right set of skills, you can always carve out a niche for yourself in the market.

  • Miti Godawat

Miti Godawat is known across Udaipur and beyond for her incomparable drive to pursue a career as a pilot, and she serves as an example for many others. At one point in time, she was given the advice that getting married would be the most beneficial thing for her to do; but, as we are all aware, this turned out not to be the case! Miti is currently a Commercial Pilot with Indigo Airlines, therefore achieving the goal of her late father to become an airline pilot.

  • Bonita Singh Rajpurohit

Being transgender is not just a problem of gender rights, but also of equality and human rights. Gender rights are only one aspect of what it means to be transgender. Unfortunately, the smoke is so thick that one cannot deal with the agony one has to experience in order to reach the ulterior intentions. The misconceptions about welcoming the trans community are full of smoke and mirrors, and it’s unfortunate that these preconceptions exist. 

Bonita was able to succeed in the fashion world despite all of the hurtful insults that were directed at her. She was named the second Runner-up of Miss Trans Queen India 2019, and she is also a Co-founder of two businesses, namely DurtyFits and Durt Studio. Her accomplishments include this recognition.



In general, the lives and accomplishments of these prominent women in Udaipur have had a long-lasting effect on the city’s past, present, and future history, culture, and society. They have made significant contributions to a variety of professions and have served as an example for subsequent generations, whether as queens who rule or as artists, activists, or businesspeople. Their legacy continues to motivate millions of people, and the contributions they made to the cultural history of the city will be remembered for many centuries to come.

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