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 of women, it was performed only in the “Zanana” – the ladies section of the Rajput houses. And thus remained unseen by the masses. Not surprisingly 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 1986 established “The Gangaur Ghoomar Dance Academy”, despite all odds. Being the princess of Kishangarh, the famous erstwhile state of Rajasthan, she had ample of opportunity 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 remote villages of Rajasthan and the singers were trained by the legendary Late Gori Bai. The songs, rendered by female singers have saarangi, nagara, Dhol and shehnai for accompaniment. She got the traditional costumes and jewelry made for the academy. Academy members follow all the protocols set by her. Its mandatory to follow the rules to follow in process of preserving the authenticity.