Thumri is a song of love, successful or futile. Love has many shades, it goes through acquaintance, attraction, affection, infatuation and passion. Thumries express Shringar Rasa. The presence of the object of love leads to Samyog Shringar. Sometimes even the absence of the object of love may be intoxicating and would create Vipralambha Shringar. Thumri embraces all these feelings. Thumries are romantic because they make one forget the hardships of life. There are two patterns of singing Thumri. One is Poorab Anga which gave Thumri a royal patronage in Lucknow and a popular patronage in Banaras, the other is Punjab Anga that gave bold expression to the human feelings.
We have compiled here the Romantic Thumries sung by the Stalwarts of India. Parween Sultana - A disciple of father Ustad Ikram-Ul-Majid Khan, Pt. Chinmay Lahiri and husband Ustad Mohammad Dilshad Khan, Begum Parween Sultana is a leading lady Classical Vocalist of Patiala Gharana.
Pt. Jagdish Prasad - Born in Talmandi Gharana and trained in Patiala Gharana, Pt. Jagdish Prasad is a disciple of father Badri Prasad and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.
Lakshmi Shankar - Lakshmi Shankar was trained by Pt. Vishnudas Shirali of Vishnu Digambar Parampara, Sitar Maestro Pt. Ravi Shankar and Guni Gandharva Pt. Laxmanprasad Jaipurwale of Kunwar Shyam [Goswami] Gharana. She happens to be a fantastic singer of solo and duet Thumries.
Shobha Gurtu - Illustrious daughter of Legendary Artiste Menaka Shirodkar, Shobha Gurtu happens to be the reigning Queen of all the Light Classical genres. Her career was shaped by Ustad Nattan Khan and her father-in-law.
Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan and Ustad Salamat Ali Khan - Duo Nazakat - Salamat were the filially Gharanedar singers of Sham Churasi Gharana of the Punjab. They had perfected the art of singing together.
Dr. Prabha Atre - A disciple of Pt. Sureshbabu Mane and Smt. Hirabai Badodekar of Kirana Gharana, Dr. Prabha Atre is not only a great Vocalist but she is a Thinker, too, par excellence.