Gwalior, a quaint old town in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, is best known for its imposing hilltop fortress, which was renowned as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’. Historically, the city has been the cradle of a number of dynasties that ruled it over the years. Their influence is clearly seen in the many historic structures that dominate the cityscape. The historic city founded by king Surajesan, Gwalior is galore with beautiful monuments, palaces and temples, giving this city a majestic charm which still reverberates its glorious past.
Gwalior holds an unparalleled reputation in the field of music, and has retained Indian traditions and the wealth of music intact over the years. The Gwalior Gharana (family) is one of the oldest Khayal Gharanas and the one to which most classical Indian musicians can trace the origin of their style. Legendary musicians like Tansen and Baiju Bawara belonged to Gwalior.