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Thumri is a style of light classical Hindustani music which rose in popularity during the 19th century.

Thumri in Dance

While the word thumri generally refers to a style of music, it is also used in dance to describe a composition which is explored and interpreted through facial expressions and limited movement, often in a seated position. The topic of a thumri is usually romantic and devotional, and centers around a girl's love for Krishna. Bindadin Maharaj was a master of the genre and his thumri are a very famous and important part of the Lucknow gharana. Thumri are seldom allowed in professional Kathak competitions as they represent more of the theater arts rather than pure Kathak dance.