Govardhan Kumari
Occupation(s)Ghoomar Dance promoter
Dance connoisseur
Dance promoter
Known forGhoomar Dance promotion
SpouseLate Maharaja Krishna Singh
AwardsPadma Shri

Govardhan Kumari (popularly known as Rajmata sa, July 23, 1938 — January 9, 2013), is the only lady from the Royal Family known for her efforts to revive and promote the authentic style of Ghoomar, a folk dance form of Rajasthan.[1]


Govardhan Kumari heads the Gangaur Ghoomar Dance Academy , a Mumbai-based dance institution.[2] Under the aegis of the academy, she has contributed to the participation of the students at various dance and cultural festivals,[3] including the festival of ICCR in countries including USSR, Mauritius, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Trinidad Tobago, USA, Venezuela, UAE, Oman, Doha 2010, the Capital of Arab Culture, held at Qatar National Theater in September 2010.[4] She made efforts to revive the Rajwadi tradition of Ghoomar dance and in popularizing Chari Dance of Kishangarh.[5] The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian Honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for her contributions to arts.[6]

The Gangaur Ghoomar Dance Academy, is now being taken forward by her student and assistant, Mrs. Jyothi D. Tommaar, along with associate directors Dr. Pratiba Naitthani and Rajmata sa's daughter in law Maharani Mandakini Kumari of Santrampur, Gujarat.

See also


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  2. ^ "Rajmata Goverdhan Kumari". Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. 2016. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Timeout". The Telegraph. 28 August 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2016.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Ambassador happy with opportunity for artistes". 25 September 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Manch Pravesh and Arangetram". Mago College Girls School. 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.