Mistri, or Mistry, is a term for a master-craftsman, foreman or supervisor of manual workers in India.[1] Mistri is being replaced with "supervisor" and other terms, as for example by the Indian Railway who replaced it with supervisor in 2005.[2]

The word Mistri, or Mistry, is adopted into the Gujarati language from the Portuguese word Mestre meaning Master or Teacher.[3] The Portuguese were present in Gujarat since 1500 in Diu. The Kadias and Kadia Kshatriyas worked on building Diu Fort and the Portuguese called them Mestre due to their skills at fort building.[4][5]

Mistri besides carpenter ( for Suthar community ) also meant Contractor[6] ( mainly for Mistris of Kutch - majority of whom worked as Railway, PWD & Forest Contractors during British India ). Many Parsi family working as Contractor, therefore, also adopted surname Mistry, as their occupational surname. One such famous Parsi businessman is Pallonji Mistry.

The word Mistri or Mistry in Gujarat is today identified with people, who are expert in building construction.

See Also


  1. ^ "Indian journal of psychology". 31–32. Indian Psychological Association. 1956: 89. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Sub: Filling up of promotion quota vacancies in the category of JE Gr.II scale Rs.5000-8000 consequent upon the implementation implementation of V Pay Commission scales of pay". GOVERNMENT OF INDIA/BHARAT SARKAR MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS/RAIL MANTRALAYA (RAILWAY BOARD). 22 February 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2011. The avenue for promotion of Mistries (Redesignated as Supervisors)
  3. ^ "Collins Portuguese Dictionary 2nd edition". Collins. 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  4. ^ Kadia Kshatriya Ithihas : 1896
  5. ^ Kadia Kshatriya Abhudaya : Kutch
  6. ^ [1] American anthropology, 1971-1995: papers from the American anthropologist edited by Regna Darnell page 768
Akanksha Foundation

The Akanksha Foundation founded by Shaheen Mistri is a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of children from low-income communities, enabling them to maximize their potential and change their lives. The foundation works primarily in the field of education, addressing non-formal education through the Akanksha center and also formal education by initiating school reform through The School Project.

Currently, Akanksha reaches out to around 6500 children through two models: the after-school or center model and the school model. Akanksha has 3 afterschool centers, remaining from its older project and 21 schools in Mumbai and Pune, run in partnership with the Mumbai and Pune Municipality, as part of the School Project. The School Project is a venture to open high-quality schools serving children from low-income communities in Mumbai and Pune. These schools are in partnership with local municipalities, with the vision of creating small clusters of model schools in these cities that can be used to impact the mainstream education system.

Akanksha was founded by Shaheen Mistri. She now heads Teach for India.

Alam Ara

Alam Ara (translation: The Ornament of the World) was a 1931 Indian film directed by Ardeshir Irani. It was the first Indian sound film.Irani recognised the importance that sound would have on the cinema, and raced to complete Alam Ara before several contemporary sound films. Alam Ara debuted at the Majestic Cinema in Mumbai (then Bombay) on 14 March 1931. The first Indian talkie was so popular that "police aid had to be summoned to control the crowds." The film was houseful for the next 8 weeks of its release. It was advertised with the tagline "All living. Breathing. 100 per cent talking".The film has long been lost and was not available as far back as 1967 according to the National Film Archive of India, Pune.

Babubhai Mistry

Babubhai Mistry (5 September 1918 – 20 December 2010) was an Indian film director and special effects pioneer who is best known for his films based on Hindu mythology, such as Sampoorna Ramayana (1961), Mahabharat (1965), and Parasmani (1963).

In 1999, Mistry received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zee Cine Awards. In 2009, he was honored "for his contribution to Bollywood as the master of special effects" at an event, "Immortal Memories," held to honor the "living legends" of the Hindi film industry.

Clock Tower of Murshidabad

The Clock Tower of Murshidabad (locally known just as Clock Tower or Ghari Ghar, also known as Big Ben of Murshidabad) is a clock tower in the Nizamat Fort Campus in West Bengal, India. The clock tower stands in the garden space between the Nizamat Imambara and the Hazarduari Palace; to its east, hardly a few feet away, is the old Madina Mosque and the Bacchawali Tope.

The clock tower was designed by Sagor Mistri, an Indian Bengali assistant of Colonel McLeod, the architect of the palace.The clock tower is surmounted by a heavy sounding bell. Four masonry shields are placed on the ground level four corners. The dial of the clock tower faces eastwards, towards the Bhagirathi River, most probably for the sailors and passengers travelling on boats. The tower was designed by Sagore Mistri, the native assistant of Colonel Duncan MacLeod, who was the architect of the Hazarduari Palace.

Deena M. Mistri

Deena M. Mistri (21 May 1925 – 27 January 2011, Karachi) was an educationalist from Pakistan.

Hanuman Vijay

Hanuman Vijay is a 1974 Bollywood fantasy film directed by Babubhai Mistri.

Indian cricket team in England in 1911

The Indian cricket team toured England in the 1911 season and played 23 matches, of which 14 were first-class. It was the first tour by an 'All Indian' team. The Indians won just two of their first-class fixtures, drew two and lost 10.

The team was captained by the Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh and its outstanding player was Palwankar Baloo, the slow left-arm spinner who took 75 wickets at 20.12 with a best analysis of 8/103. Baloo was a mainstay for the Hindus in the regular Quadrangular tournament in India but was an 'untouchable' himself. He took 114 wickets in all on the tour, including non first class games. The tourists might have fared better with the bat had K.M. Mistri played more than six innings (in which he scored 188 runs) but his duties 'kept him in close attendance on the Maharajah of Patiala'.

Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya

Kutch Gurjar Kshatriya (also known as Mistri or Mestri) are a minority Hindu and one of the Socially and Educationally rich community of Gujarat in India, whom claim to be Kshatriyas. They are an artisan community related with Kadia works.They are also known as the Mistri a.k.a. Mistris of Kutch.

List of Bollywood films of 1965

This list of films produced in 1965 by the Bollywood film industry based in Mumbai includes both notable, and non-notable films.

At the 13th National Film Awards the award for First, Second and Third Best Feature Film in Hindi went to Shaheed, Oonche Log and Guide respectively.

Mahabharat (1965 film)

Mahabharat is a 1965 Hindi film based on the Indian epic Mahābhārata, starring Abhi Bhattacharya as Krishna, Pradeep Kumar as Arjuna, Dara Singh as Bhima, Padmini as Draupadi, Tiwari as Duryodhan and Jeevan as Shakuni, and directed by Babubhai Mistri. The music for the film was composed by Chitragupta and the title song was sung by Mohammed Rafi.


Mauj is a 1943 Bollywood film directed by Nanabhai Bhatt and Babubhai Mistri, starring

Fearless Nadia as the lead.

Mistri Airways

Mistri Airways, later known as Indian Overseas Airlines, is a defunct airline, which was based in India.The airline started operations in 1946 using Douglas DC-3s and later also ordered for a Martin 2-0-2.The airline was started by one 29-year-old Parsi businessman, Rusi Mistri, who owned his personal Beech D17S.Mistri Airways operated flights between Mumbay, Nagpur and Calcutta, in addition to charter work. In 1947, it changed its name to Indian Overseas Airlines. In 1949, it also got license to operate flights for air-mail services and also started operating on other routes like Nagpur -Hyderabad -Bangalore - Madras and Nagpur- Jabalpur - Allahbad -Kanpur -Lukhnow. The night air mail services' first license was granted to Indian Overseas Airlines but the airline closed by end of year 1950 due to financial problems.

Mistri caste

The Mistri (or Mistry) are a Hindu caste found in state of Gujarat in India.

Mistry (surname)

Mistry, or Mistri, is a surname found in India or amongst people of Indian origin. Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and even West Bengal. This surname is used by Vishwakarma communities of India. It is an occupation surname.

Muluk murder case

Muluk murder case refers to an incident where four CPI(ML) activists were hacked to death by CPI(M) activists in Muluk near Bolpur in Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal, on 19 November 1987.On the morning of that date a CPI(M) procession passing through the village had attacked the four Naxalite farm labourers who were in their fields. The mob beat them with sticks and hacked them to death. The dead were identified as Sheikh Jiauddin, Sheikh Mannan, Sudhir Ghosh and Nirmal Ghosh, supporters of the Kanu Sanyal faction of the CPI(ML).The district judge of Birbhum, Dipak Saha Ray, awarded life terms to 46 CPI(M) cadres for their involvement in the Muluk murder case on 31 March 2009. The convicted CPI(M) cadres included Akhtar Sheikh, the then CPI(M} upapradhan of Muluk gram panchayat, Roushan Ali, the then CPI(M) panchayat samiti member, Mistri Murmu, the then CPI(M} gram panchayat member and Safiul Rahaman, the then CPI(M) branch committee secretary. Besides them, two primary school teachers, an employee of state electricity board and a NVF staff were also among those convicted. Of the 56 chargsheeted in the case, 10 had died. The convicts had been found guilty under Sections 302, 307 and 149 of Indian Penal Code (IPC). They were also to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each.

Navroji Mistri

Navroji Rastomji Mistri (3 June 1885 – 29 October 1953) was an Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is best known for his soda drinks business in Singapore. Both Mistri Road, near Shenton Way, and Mistri Wing at the Singapore General Hospital were named in his honour.

Perin Jamsetjee Mistri

Perin Jamsetjee Mistri (1913–1989) was an Indian architect, believed to have been the first woman to qualify as an architect in India.

Shaheen Mistri

Shaheen Mistri (born 16 March 1971) is an Indian social activist and educator. She is the founder of Akanksha Foundation, an Indian non-profit educational initiative in Mumbai and Pune, and is also the CEO of Teach For India since 2008.

Teach For India

Teach For India (TFI) is a non-profit organisation that is a part of the Teach For All network. The Fellowship recruits college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Teach For India is striving to end the problem of educational inequity in India and provide an excellent education to all children.

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