Source: The Hindu; Author: Kuldeep Kumar

A three-day Thumri Festival was organised recently by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Kamani auditorium with a view to present three different gharanas of thumri singing — Banaras, Patiala and Lucknow. The task of presenting the Patiala gharana thumri fell on the shoulders of Mazhar Ali and Jawaad Ali, grandsons of the one and only Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. On the last day of the festival, Kumud Diwan sang Gaya thumri while Kathak maestros Uma Sharma and Birju Maharaj sang in the Lucknow style accompanied by abhinaya.

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A time for thumri: Mazhar and iJawaad Ali.