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Once hailed as the most popular art form in the royal courts of Awadh, Thumri is still adored and followed by the lovers of Hindustani classical tradition. The beauty of Thumri lies in the fact that it is a semi-classical form of singing which appeals equally to the connoisseurs of classical music as well as to those who prefer lighter musical art forms.A three-day Thumri Festival that opens on August 7 at Kamani Auditorium in the capital is set to add to the beautiful melody of pouring raindrops and the rhythms of cool monsoon laden winds. Some of the veterans of Hindustani classical music such as Girija Devi, Pandit Channulal Mishra and Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan will be among the vocalists participating in the festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The annual Thumri Festival, presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages and Sahitya Kala Parishad brings together the maestros of this art form along with some outstanding young talent. The festival will be inaugurated by Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Delhi. Kapil Mishra, Minister for Water, Law & Justice, Tourism, Art, Culture and Languages, will be the chief guest at the festival.Over three days, nine vocalists who have mastered the beautiful art form of Thumri will entertain the audience. The festival will have a fitting finale when Girja Devi, the 84-year-old maestro of Thumri takes the stage.