Often described as a ‘light' or ‘semi-classical' style, thumri is nevertheless a demanding and highly refined genre. Thumri developed in Lucknow during the early 19th century AD, and is now a popular art form. Much emphasis is placed on the subtle expression of emotions inherent in the song-texts, and their musical manipulation by the singer.
Sunanda Sharma is a fine classical singer and teacher and young star of the Benares gharana, who has gained her knowledge and experience from the great Smt Girija Devi. This year she is returning to teach a range of thumri and light classical vocal music.