The rich, rhythmic and highly graceful dance form
Ghoomar, the totally feminine and elegant dance was performed on all occasions – religious, social as well as at family festivities. Being a dance evolved by women, for women, it was performed only in the “Zanana” – the ladies section of the Rajput houses. And thus remained unseen by the masses. Unfortunately today, Ghoomar is facing the danger of extinction. It is to meet this challenge, that Late H. H. Rajmata Govardhan Kumariji of Santrampur [Padmashree Awardee] in year the 1985 established “The Gangaur Ghoomar Dance Academy”, despite all odds. Being the princess of Kishangarh, the famous erstwhile state of Rajasthan, she had ample of opportunities to learn and preserve it. She had researched all the different aspects of Ghoomar over the years.
A staunch believer of authenticity, she made no compromises on the movements, lyrics as well as the musical support. To the extent that even today the accompanists for the Academy are musicians from the remote villages of Rajasthan and the singers were trained by the legendary Late Gavri Devi. The songs, rendered by female singers have Saarangi, Nagara, Dhol and Shehnai as accompaniment. She got the traditional costumes and jewellery made for the academy. Academy members follow all the protocols set by her. Its mandatory to follow the rules in order to preserve the authenticity.
Ghoomar, not just a dance form...
It is Merging with Existence
Back line (L-R):
Tanvi Dave, Kashmira Dhanjani, Tripti Bhatt.
Middle line (L-R):
Dr. Asha Nithani Dayama, Mona Shah, Hetal Joshi, Nishta Ranjan, Divya Naithani, Pratiba Naitthani, HH Rajmata Goverdhan Kumariji, Jyothi D. Tommaar, Manasi Trivedi, Bhakti Bukhanwala, Digi Engenier, Rachna Minawala, Shetal Lotia, Neelu Bhargav.
Achar Khan, Umar Mohammad, Shamshu Khan, Niyaz Khan.