History of Maihar, M.P: The details of Maihar's history can be traced since Paleolithic Age. Formerly the city was the capital of the princely state of Maihar. It was founded in 1778 by Rajputs of the Kachwaha clan. These Rajputs were granted land by the ruler of the nearby state of Orchcha. In the early 19th century, the state became a princely state of British India and was administered as part of Bundelkhand Agency in the Central India Agency. The eastern states of Bundelkhand Agency including Maihar, in 1871, were separated to form the new agency of Bagelkhand in Central India. In 1933 Maihar, along with ten other states in western Bagelkhand, were transferred back to the Bundelkhand Agency. Extensive ruins of shrines and other buildings are seen around the city.
The Rajputs of Kachawaha, The British were the rulers.
In 1896–1897, the city of Maihar suffered from severe famine. The place is also famous for its mythological importance.
Famous personalities- Ustad Alauddin Khan, a great Indian Classical musician lived here for long time. He was the court musician in Maihar Maharaja’s Palace. In the 20th century, a style of Hindustani music, Maihar Gharana was popularized by the students of Ustad Alauddin Khan named Shrimati Annapurna Devi (Alauddin Khan's daughter), Ustad Aashish Khan (Alauddin Khan's grandson), Ustad Dhyanesh Khan (Alauddin Khan's 2nd grandson), Ustad Pranesh Khan (Alauddin Khan's 3rd grandson), Ustad Bahadur Khan (Alauddin Khan's nephew), Ustad Ali Akbar Khan (Alauddin Khan's son), Pandit Ravi Shankar (musician), Timir Baran Bhattacharya (first student of of Allauddin Khan), Pandit Pannalal Ghosh, Pandit Nikhil Banerjee (Alauddin Khan's students), Pt. Indranil Bhattacharya ( son of Timir Baran Bhattacharya), Vasant Rai (Last student of Alauddin Khan).