Vaibhavi Merchant

I Grew Up With The Sound of Ghungroos

The dawn of my childhood begins with the rhythmic percussions of Ghungroos, the hundred colors of sound from the Sarangi and of course the effervescent Tabla that still makes me remember my Nritya. Looking back, I can always thank my mother – central to my ‘Walks Of Life’ – for making sure that I was exposed to classical dance at a very early age. Through training I learnt the nuances of expression, the subtleties of movement, the art of storytelling; blending music and dance into a celebration and every choreography into a joyous occasion.

I Trained Under The Very Best

I was blessed with my Gurus. So good they were that when expressing a subtle emotion, the audience would hear the sound of only one ghungroo. My formal training started at the age of 5 under the tutelage of the Late Sushree Madhurita Sarang. Like my mother, she had also learnt her trade from my great grandfather Shri Pandit Sunderprasad, the co-founder of the "Jaipur Gharana" – one of the great homes for Kathak. Following that, I spent many years shuffling between Chennai and Mumbai, learning Bharatnatyam from Shri Rohinton Cama, Western Classical from "Martha Da Cunha" and continuing my Kathak training as well, finally completing my Arangetram at 17 which marked the end of my formal training.

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