Ghunghroo

About Ghunghroo

A cluster of small, metallic bells is strung together to form  Ghunghroos. These are then tied in a pair on either foot of the classical dancer or held in the hand and shaken to the tune of the music. A dancer wears the Ghunghroo above the ankle of the feet and they allow the complex footwork that comprises a classical dance performance to be heard by the audience. The  Ghunghroos vary in pitch depending on their metallic composition and size and a Ghunghroo can have anywhere between fifty to more than 200 of these metallic bells tied together and the greater a dancer’s technical ability the heavier the Ghunghroo he/she has to wear. The Ghunghroos play a very significant role in heightening the rhythmic aspects of the dance. There are ways other than ankle bells in which Ghunghroos are a part of many kinds of music genres. In Kutch, as a player plays the Ghada Ghamela, a string of Ghunghroos tied on his wrist add a different dimension to the performance. The bow with which the coconut-shell stick fiddle- the Rawanhatta, is played has Ghunghroos strung to it and in many dance forms, the women hang a few Ghunghroos to the tassels down the waist and an announcing, sensuous sound is thereby added to the dancers’ movements.

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