Academy

The rich, rhythmic and highly graceful dance form

GHOOMAR

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.

Through her academy, she opened the doors of Zanana to the masses and gave the glimpses of the beautiful dance form performed by Princesses and Queens of Rajasthan. Her aim was to let the world know how beautifully the Princesses and Queens danced, and revive the distorted form to its original authentic form. She always welcomed everyone who was interested in learning the authentic form of Ghoomar. Although the academy does not run any classes, she conducted workshops for different organisations to maximize her reach. She herself never charged any money to teach all those who joined her academy. Rajmata sahiba in colaboration with Late Mrs Vimla Mohta staged dance ballets Like Koyaldi, Maa Karni, Suraj Tharo Mukh Dekhyan Sukh Paaun, Meera and Ganga. All portraying the Traditional cultural aspects of Rajasthan.

Ghoomar, not just a dance form...

It is Merging with Existence

Rajmata Goverdhan Kumariji named her academy “Gangaur”, the festival when Ghoomar is performed with all its festivity and beauty. From a humble beginning in 1985, the Gangaur Ghoomar Dance Academy has come a long way. Apart from numerous other awards, Rajmata sahiba was honoured by Padmashree in the year 2007 to preserve and revive Ghoomar. Goverment of India recognises the academy and its authenticity. Hence, it is registered it with ICCR and West Zone Cultural Center. Several students have learnt under Rajmata Sahiba and have had several successful performances to her credit, both within India and abroad.
Sudden demise of H.H. Rajmata Govardhan Kumariji in 2013 put the academy to a stand still for sometime. Mrs Jyothi D Tommaar, Asst Director of the Academy, and an accomplished Ghoomar dancer herself (trained under the tutelage of Late HH Rajmata Govardhan Kumariji since 1988) has been running the academy along with Associate Directors Dr. Pratiba Naitthani and Maharani Mandakini Kumari. A promise made to Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, by Rajmata Sahiba herself, Jyothi D Tommaar trained Deepika Padukone for the song Ghoomar in film Padmaavat.
Academy is trying its best to take Rajmata sahiba’s vision forward and conduct more and more workshops in association with different organisations in order to fulfill the dream she saw.

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.

Infront (L-R):
Achar Khan, Umar Mohammad, Shamshu Khan, Niyaz Khan.