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V Anuradha Singh[Ghunghroo Vadika]

I researched the unique aspects of each percussive gharana through rigorous training to pay tribute to one of the most versatile musical instrument of our cultural heritage. This Ghunghroo Vadan is unique in the world which forms a perfect union between mind and feet (90 minutes, non-stop in one place). It takes great dexterity, superb control, stamina and physical strength.

My Recent recitals to name few-

Kalidas Festival 2007 MTDC Nagpur ,Maharashtra
Rajasthan Day Celebration 2006 Albert hall,Jaipur, Rajasthan
International Taj Festival 2005 Agra, Uttar Pradesh
National Festival 2007 Jaipur, Rajasthan
Rajyotsav -Chhattisgarh Foundation day 2005, 2008, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Khairagarh Mahotsav 2005 I.K.Sangit University Khairagah, Chhattisgarh
Badri-Kedar Festival 2005 Badrinath Uttaranchal
Classical Festival of Goa 2006 Kala Academy, Goa
Chakradhar Samaroh Raigarh 2006 Raigarh Chhattisgarh
Pune Festival 2006 Pune, Maharashtra
Ganga Festival 2007 Barnaras, Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow Mahotsav 2006 Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Buddha International Festival 2007 Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh
Ajanta Ellora Festival 2006 Aurangabad, Maharashtra
International Buddha Mahotsav 2006 Gaya, Bihar
Island Tourism Festival 2007 Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar
Malabar Mahotsav 2007 Calicut, Kerala
Maharana Kumbha Samaroh 2007 Udaipur, Rajasthan
Navraspur National Festival 2007 Bijapur, Karnataka
Virasat Heritage Festival 2007 REACH, Dehradun, Uttaranchal
The Festival of Chandigarh 2007 Chandigarh Chandigarh
India International Centre 2007 IIC, New Delhi, Delhi
National Center For Performing Arts 2008 NCPA, Mumbai Maharashtra
Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangit Festival 2008 Maihar, Madhya Pradesh
Uday Shankar Festival 2007 WBSMA, Kolkata, West Bengal
Udai Shankar Festival 2007 Shruti mandal, Jaipur , Rajasthan
Golconda Music Festival 2008 APTDC, Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh
Khajuraho Festival 2007 Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Saraswati Prasang Festival 2008 Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Rajgir National Festival 2008 Rajgir, Bihar
Ayurveda Jhansi Festival 2008 Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
Basantotsav Festival 2009 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Alva's Virasat National Cultural Festival 2009 Moodbidri, Manglore Karnataka
Karavali Festival 2009 Manglore, Karnataka
Deccan Festival 2009 Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Ustad Rahmat Ali Music Festival 2009 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Percussion - Tigalbandi (Trio) 2009 IGRMS National Mueseum Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Baba Harballabh Sangit Mahasabha 2009 Malhar Festival, Jalandhar Punjab
International Conference in D.U. 2009 Delhi University, Delhi
Poonam Annual Festival 2010 Indira Gandhi Rashtriya ManAv Sangrhalaya , M.P
Delhi International Arts Festival 2009 India Habitat centre, Delhi
Modhera Festival 2010 Mahsana, Sun Temple, Gujarat
NRI Conference Bharat Bhawan Bhopal 2010 Bharat Bhawan, Madhya Pradesh.
MANIT Golden Jubilee Celebration 2010 Radha Krishnan Auditorium, Madhya Pradesh
Baiju Bawra National Music Festival 2010 Sanskar bharti, Ravindra Bhavan Madhya Pradesh
Pt. Kartikram Smruti Samaroh 2010 Govt. of Culture, Bharat Bhawan Madhya Pradesh
Shani Jayanti Sangit Mahotsav 2010 Indore ,Madhya Pradesh

List of recent solo recitals presented by V.Anuradha Singh to name a few-

Madhya Pradesh Khajuraho Dance Festival
Pachmarhi Festival
Ustad Allauddin Khan Sangit Festival, Maihar
Vindya Festival
Bhojpur Festival
M.P.VidhanSabha; Saraswati prasang, Bharat Bhavan
Basantotsav Festival
Ustad Rahamat Ali Festival
Nana Panse Sangeet Mahotsav
Poonam- Indira Gandhi National Mueseum, Bhopal
Pt. Kartik ram Smruti Samaroh, Bharat Bhavan
Shani Jayanti Mahotsav, Indore
Baiju Bawra National Music Festival, Sanskar Bharti
Uttar Pradesh Taj International Festival, Agra
Lucknow Mahotsav
Ganga Festival, Varanasi
Ayurved Jhansi Mahotsav, Jhansi
Rajasthan Rajasthan Day, Albert Hall, Jaipur
National Music Festival, Jaipur
Udai Shankar Festival, Jaipur
Maharana Kumbha Samaroh, Udaipur
Chhattisgarh 'Rajyotsav'Chhattisgarh Foundation day
Khairagarh Mahotsav, Khairagarh
Bhoramdeo Mahotsav,Kavardha
Chakradhar Festival, Raigarh
Maharashtra Kalidas Festival, Nagpur
Pune Festival
National Center for Performing Arts (NCPA) Mumbai
Ellora-Ajanta Festival, Aurangabad
Solapur Festival, Solapur
Uttaranchal Virasat Heritage Festival, Dehradun REACH
Badri-Kedar Festival, Badrinath
Goa Classical Music Festival, Goa
Gujarat Modhera International Dance Festival
Champaner Festival, Baroda
Bihar International Buddha Mahotsav, Gaya
International Rajgir Mahotsav, Rajgir
Karnataka Navraspur National Festival, Bijapur
Alva's Virasat National Cultural Festival, Moodbidri
Karavali Festival, Manglore
Andaman & Nicobar Island Tourism Festival, Port Blair
Kerala Malabar Festival, Calicat
Chandigarh The Festival of Chandigarh
Delhi India International Centre
Delhi International Arts Festival

In International conference of Delhi University
West Bengal Uday Shankar Festival, Kolkata
Andhra Pradesh Deccan Dance Festival, Hyderabad
Golconda Music & Dance Festival, Hyderabad
Punjab Malhar Festival Baba Harballabh Sangit Mahasabha, Jalandhar


Classical Ghunghroo Vadan (Foot bell Recital) by V. Anuradha Singh

Ghunghroo is a potent yet greatly neglected as a classical musical instrument. This Acoustic instrument has always been used from ages as an appurtenance to various dance forms and folk music. Till now no one has realized its solo importance and so the prominent status is deserved has always been put to back burner. Though the illustriousness of Ghunghroo in our heritage is evident from the fact that in one of the oldest topic of our heritage i.e. Ramayana, Kalidas made its reference in the famous couplets.'Thumak Chalat Ram Chandra Bajat Paijania'

The earliest percussion instruments were our hands and feet. Ghunghru is one of the oldest and most popular musical instruments in the world. Everybody has seen the movement of hands and vocalizations through mouth but playing the ghunghroo through feet in a classical manner is novel and unprecedented experiment. She initiates something as unique, unusual and untried. She has taken over it through systematic research in order to pay tribute to one of the most versatile musical instrument of our cultural heritage.

Made of metal, it appears deceptively simple but to be able to play it in the classical manner, requires some twenty years of training and constant practice which is exhibited in the artistry of Anuradha. "The Ghunghru" is unique and complete and yet no one thought of playing it independently as a instrumental recital, it was always considered as an appendage to various dance forms. Ghunghroo vadan takes great dexterity, infinite patience, superb control, stamina, physical strength and inexhaustible memory bank to incessantly play Ghunghroo in classical manner for more than an hour continuously footing on one place. Ghunghru recital displays a dazzling virtuosity. With amazing crystalline beauty of tone, clarity of stroke, incredible speed, awesome variety, charm, wit, and a charismatic playfulness.

V.Anuradha Singh brings to the stage solo Classical Ghunghroo (foot bell) Recital focusing solely on foot percussive art (90 minutes, non-stop). She has been recognized for foot percussive art & has presented Indian classical Ghunghroo vadan in many reputed music festivals. This concert is unique and innovative. She researched the unique aspects of each percussive gharana through rigorous training with the percussive art of feet. Ghunghru Playing technique involves extensive use of the toe and heel (apply pressure) in various configurations to create a wide variety of different sounds, reflected in the mnemonic syllables (bol). She hold vast amounts of traditional percussive knowledge and expertise. Her footbell percussion forms a perfect union between mind and feet, with the goal to achieve pure classical instrumental acoustic based on the style of famous 5 percussion Gharanas of tabla.

It is the only foot percussive art in the classical music world. She is doing is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the rich and diverse cultures through the acoustic of Ghunghru. She researched on the ancient uncommon work of classical luminaries as well as famous percussionists. Ghunghroo may be a less known instrument due to reasons like it never got a platform from where it can speak for itself also no individual or organization never gave a thought that it can be performed solely with as versatility as any other percussive , wind or string instrument. Ghunghroo recital which she presents is a total classical percussive art with basic elements, in addition to this it can present great laykari with tayyari of course and it is a conception and innovation in Indian classical music.

The Ghunghroo recital will add a feather in the cap of Indian classical musical & cultural heritage and will definitely bring more awareness amongst art lovers. Your organization conscientious activity in promoting ancient Indian cultural tradition can definitely provide the platform for it. Ghunghroo express that which cannot be said & on which it is impossible to be silent. Ghunghroo carries with it generations of wisdom dating back to antiquity. She made an exhaustive effort to preserve and expand Indian heritage & culture by adding one more chapter to the conferring glory of Indian music in classical manner. She has tried to devise one more way to explore more about Indian classical music

Contact Details

V.Anuradha Singh
292 Rachna Nagar
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462023