Thumri is a vocal style of Indian song. The term "thumri" is derived from the Hindi verb thumuknaa, which means "to stroll with a dancing gait in one of this manner that the ankle-bells tinkle." The shape is, thus, related to dance, dramatic gestures, slight eroticism, evocative love poetry, and folk songs, particularly from Uttar Pradesh, even though there are nearby variations.

The textual content is romantic or devotional in nature, the lyrics are normally in Uttar Pradesh dialects of Hindi known as Awadhi and Brij Bhasha. Thumri is characterized via way of means of its sensuality, and via way of means of extra flexibility with the raga. Thumri is likewise used as a time-honored call for a few other, even lighter, paperwork such as Dadra, Hori, Kajari, Sawani, Jhoola, and Chaiti, despite the fact that each of them has their own shape and content — both lyrical or musical or both—and so the exposition of that paperwork vary. Like the Indian classical song itself, a number of those pieces of paperwork have their foundation in people's literature and song.


As in khayal, thumri has parts, the sthayi, and the antara. It favors tala-s such as Deepchandi, Roopak, Addha, and Punjabi. These tala-s are characterised via way of means of a unique lilt, almost absent withinside the tala-s utilized in khayal. Thumri compositions are in general in raga-s such as Kafi, Khamaj, Jogiya, Bhairavi, Pilu, and Pahadi. A not unusual place function of those and other such raga-s is the loose motion they permit the artist, on the grounds that they do now no longer rely for or their identity on rigidly formulated tonal sequences, regardless of the compositions involved. In fact, one can also additionally say that they have got an integrated provision for blending raga-s or for shifting out of the raga without a doubt supplied as a way to upload coloration to the proceedings.