Thumri, it is said, was born among the undulating hills of North West India as a form of music associated with Lord Krishna’s raas leela. It soon spawned other forms in its genre namely, Dadra, Chaiti, Hori, Kajari, Saavan and Jhoola. Later the royal courts of Lucknow shimmered to the lilting melodies of Thumri. Around 1847, the Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah and his court singer Sadiq Ali Khan are credited with developing Thumri into a popular style to which the courtesans danced. Sahitya Kala Parishad presents a 3-day Thumri Festival at Kamani Auditorium. August 26- 28. For details call 9811143131 or 41552945-8
Eat, meditate, learn
Delhi-based Ashwin Bharti, who manages ‘The Village’, regularly conducts spiritual retreats/workshops. This week, they are organising a meditation and food workshop, termed as ‘eating with awareness and pleasure’. It’s a call for all foodies to come together, talk about food, prepare a continental, vegetarian menu, and at the same time, get in touch with their ‘inner selves’. There will also be a session on developing ‘a better relationship with your body’ and enjoying food using all the senses and awareness.
August 21, 10:45am to 2pm.
Zorba the Buddha, 7, Tropical Drive, MG Road, Ghitorni.
Programme contribution Rs 800.
For details, call 9250361903
Art from himachal Pradesh
An exhibition titled A Symphony of Colour brings art from Himachal Pradesh (HP) to Delhi. Curated by artist Karuna Singh who says that the idea was to tap into the plethora of talent in her home-state. “Everyone talks about the Himalayas... even HP is known only by places such as Shimla when there are equally beautiful regions such as Kinnaur and the Kalpa Valley there.” The work by different artists from the state is largely landscapes and florals that mark HP. “It’s really about the simpler things of life,” smiles Singh who has worked on the show for a year.
On till Aug 20, art gallery, IIC Annexe basement, call 24619431 ext 383