05-04-2017: SUS Invites you to A Musical Presentation by 'Vidya Rao' on 'Singing Thumri in Difficult Times' at AUD Kashmere Gate Campus


School of Undergraduate Studies

Ambedkar University Delhi

Invites you to

A Musical Presentation 


Vidya Rao


Singing Thumri in Difficult Times

Date: 05 April 2017

Venue: CR 12, Time: 03:00 PM

All are welcome

Vidya Rao is one of the leading performers of the delicate style of thumri-dadra singing. For many years the closest disciple of the legendary singer, the late Smt Naina Devi, she has continued her study of this form under the renowned Smt Girija Devi and Smt Shanti Hiranand. Her training has therefore helped her imbibe the traditional gayaki of both Banaras and Lucknow styles. Her initial training in khayal was under the late Prof. B.N. Datta and thereafter under Pandit Mani Prasad of the Kirana gharana. Specialising in thumri-dadra and the allied folk derived forms such as chaiti, hori, kajri, etc, Vidya also sings ghazal in the traditional thumri-ang style, as well as the devotional poetry of the medieval bhakti and sufi mystic poet-saints. Her repertoire includes Sanskrit verses from the Hindu and Buddhist texts, as well as the Islamic elegiac forms of soz and marsiya and praise-forms like naat etc. Vidya Rao has performed at national and international forums to appreciative audiences. She was recently a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, in Nantes, France from October 2012- June 2013.