Col. (Ret’d.) Meherban-i-Dostan Raja CHHATRAPATI SINGH Deo,
The present and 51st Raja Saheb of Mandasa (Manjusha) since the 26th January 1976. (Manjusha House, 33-17/2, Officers Colony, P.O. Ramkrishnapurram, Secunderabad 550056, A.P., India)
born 3rd January 1942, educated at La Martiniere College, and at St. Xaviers College Calcutta, A.D.C. to the President of India, served with distinction in the Indian Army, as a Captain in 7th Light Cavalry, he participated actively in the India Pakistan War of 1971, which saw the birth of Bangladesh, he is responsible for the greening of Mussoorie Hills as Commanding Officer of the Ecological Battalion of Territorial Army at Dehra Dun and is a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Pariavaran Award; Secretary General of the Rowing Federation of India, International Rowing Umpire, Vice President Asian Rowing Federation, elected as President of the Rowing Federation of India for 2008 to 2012, Executive Committee Member Indian Olympic Association, Deputy Chef-de-Mission Busan Asian Games, member Secunderabad Club, member Bhubaneswar Club Ltd; the Centenary Celebrations of the Srinivasa Raja Mani Zilla Parishad High School, were held in the year 2005. Raja Chatrapati Singh Deo and Rani Rajlaxmi Singh Deo graced the function as Honoured Guests, which was also attended by many prominent personalities, including past students, who are now well settled in India and abroad. The School, was set up by the Manjusha Royal Family during the reign of Raja Vasudev Rajamani Raj Deo, in the year 1905 and handed over to the Government after the abolition of the Zamindari System. On the occasion, two statues, one of Capt. Raja Sreenivasa Rajamani Raj Deo and another of Lt. Raja Jaganath Rajmani Raj Deo were installed in the school premises; he is also the Hereditary trustee of the Temple of Lord Jagananth, which is within the Palace compound. The building had become old and dilapidated and with the initiative of Raja Chatrapati Singh Deo and the cooperation of the well wishers, namely the people of Manjusha, a brand new Temple has been constructed and has become an important landmark; he married Rani Rajlaxmi Singh Deo, only daughter of Raja Rabindra Narayan Bhanj Deo of Kanika, and has issue, two sons, Yuvraj Akshay Pratap Singh Deo and Rajkumar Vishal Pratap Singh Deo.