The Light classical vocal
is the form of classical vocal music
incorporating more of words with a different rhythm and style, where Indian music is concerned the more audible the words the less classical the musical form. Thumri is North India's most popular light-classical song form perfected. Even so, thumris are based on the same classical ragas
although not all of these lend themselves to this text-laden style which makes the same few ragas, usually the more romantic evening ones, reappearing frequently.
The text is romantic and devotional in nature, and usually revolves around a girl's love for Krishna. The language is a dialect of Hindi called Brij. This style is characterized by a greater flexibility with the ragas. The compositions are usually set to kaherava
of 8 beats, addha tal
of 16 beats, or dipchandi
of 14 beats.