Families revel if they have at least one famous family member. He/she is quoted in every family conversation and the family derives self esteem from having such an individual in its family tree. However some families strike genetic lottery and are full of individuals destined to fame and fortune.
On the occasion of the International Family day, Sampurnaa Gifting has listed the top ten Indian families. We might have missed out on some famous families or the order of ranking our readers might not approve. We invite our readers to correct the sequence or suggest families which have a legitimate place in this hall of fame.
Rank 1: Changing the Destiny of India: The Mughal Dynasty
For approximately 350 years this family ruled India. Starting with Babar in 1526 the Mughal dynasty has given to India statesman like Akbar, Builder like Shah Jehan, and poet like Bahadur Shah Jaffar and more. Not all of the family members from the Mughal dynasty were exemplary in their actions and thoughts and in course of its history produced a number of autocrats, wastrels and decadents as well. But what remains undeniable is their family’s indelible stamp on Indian history and destiny.
Rank 2: A Political Brand Name: Nehru Gandhi Family
The Guardian in 2007 gave an apt description of this family. “The Nehru Gandhi brand has no peer in the world — a member of the family has been in charge of India for 40 of the 60 years since independence. The allure of India’s first family blends the right to rule of British monarchy with the tragic glamour of America’s Kennedy clan.” The family has given to India three Prime Ministers till date and the possibility of more exist.
Rank 3: Nursery of Geniuses: The Tagore Family
This family has given India some of its foremost men of letters starting with Rabindranath Tagore. The scion of the Tagore family was Dwarkanath Tagore one of the richest man in the country during his times. Dwarkanath’s son, Debendranath Tagore furthered the Brahmo Samaj. Debendranath’s sons and daughter who distinguished themselves include Rabindranath Tagore( Nobel Prize for literature), Dwijendranath Tagore (pioneer of Bangla shorthand and musical notes transcription) , Satyanedranath Tagore (first Indian in the Indian Civil Service, Hemendranath Tagore(authored one of the first titles in Physics in India), Jotryindranath Tagore ( composer and man of letters) Swarna kumari is amongst the first women novelists in India. Tagore’s are regarded the first family of Bengal
Rank 4: Astounding Repository of Success: The Sarabhai Family
The family members have distinguished themselves across a wide range of domains. Ambalal Sarabhai was in the 1940s and 1950s the owner of Sarabhai Textile Mills in Ahmedabad, at the time one of India’s largest textile companies, Abasuya Sarabhai (his sister) was a Gandhian freedom fighter, Mridula Sarabhai ( his daughter) was a freedom fighter and Indian politician, Leena Sarabhai (his daughter) is the founder of Shreyas foundation, Vikram Sarabhai (his son) was the cofounder of Indian Space Research and Indian Institute of Management, Ahemedabad, Mrinalini Sarabhai ( his daughter in law) is a noted danseuse, Kartikeya Sarabhai (his grandson) is a noted educationist and environmentalist, Mallika Sarabhai (his granddaughter) is a noted danseuse. Not many families can boast of such an eclectic collection.
Rank 5: A Proud Legacy: The Tata Family
Tata is one of the most respected business families in India and the family name is synonymous with one of India’s most revered brand. The journey of the Tata family started with Jamshedji Tata setting up the first steel plant at Jamshedpur. The tata conglomerate now covers a large number of business domains. Tata family is als known for their philanthropy and some of India’s premier research institutions bear their name. The Tatas are a Parsi family who originally came from state of Gujarat.
Rank 6: A Family Risen from Grass Roots : The Ambani Family
The family started its journey from a two room apartment in a ramshackle complex in Mumbai in 1966 under the pioneering leadership of Dhirubhai Ambani. Today the combined turnover from all the holdings of the company is over 80 billion dollars. Reliance Industries is the second largest company in India. Suceeding Dhirubhai are his two sons Mukesh and Anil Ambani and the next generation of Ambani’s get ready to take on the mantle from Anil and Mukhesh.
Rank 7: Kings (Queens) of the Box Office: The Kapoor Family
The Kapoor family is considered the first family of Bollywood. Starting with Pritviraj Kapoor , three generations of Kapoors have contributed immensely to the Indian cinema and given a number of successful actors, film directors, and producers. All three of Prithviraj Kapoor’s sons, Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor, and Shashi Kapoor, became actors. Raj Kapoor’s sons, Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor, went on to become well-known actors; Randhir Kapoor and Babita’s daughters, Karisma Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, have found success in the film industry. Rishi Kapoor’s son, Ranbir Kapoor has established himself as a leading Bollywood actor.
Rank 8: Getting India Laurels on the Sporting Field: The Dhyanchand Family
Dhyan Chand is considered the greates hockey player of all time. He combined with his youngest brother Roop Singh to provide a string of victories for the Indian hockey team. He helped India win 3 olympic gold medals. Dyanchands father Sameshwar Dutt Sing played hockey in the British Indian army. Dhyanchad’s son Ashok Dhyan Chand was also a hockey Olympian and Arjuna award winner.
Rank 9: Ruling the Heart of India: The Bachchan Family
For three generations this family had adorned Indian literature and cinema. Harivansh Rai Bachchan is considered the doyen of hindi poetry in India. His sone Amitabh continues to rule Indian cinema. Other members of the family- Jaya Bachchan, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan have substantial contribution to Indian cimema. The Bachcans have as many as seven Padma awards in the family.
Rank 10: Strength in Numbers: Chana Clan
Ziona Chana is head of the world’s largest family, which has 181 members- him, 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters – in-law and 33 grandkids. The family lives in Baktwang Village, Mizoram. The family cooks 25 kgs of rice, 40 kgs of potatoes, 15 kgs of lentils everyday to feed all the family members. The Chana family proves that the concept of joint family is not over and families can live together and thrive, only there should be some space in the heart.