Profile of Dhrupad Singer Sombala Kumar
Born in a family of music lovers of Khandwa (M.P.), Smt. Sombala had her initial training of Classical Music under the able guidance of Shri M.D. Raje and Shri M.K.Kwathekar of Khandawa. Having completed her Master Degree in Classical all the intricacies of Dhrupad style of singing, especially maintained by the Dagar Gharana. Occasionally she also received special guidance from globally famous Veena‐maestro late Ud. Zia Mohiuddin Dagar of the same dynasty. She continued her training with the help of three years National Scholarship of Govt. of India. With her rigorous practice and extra‐ordinary brilliance, she soon developed into a competent lady Dhrupad singer of the country. She has a gifted and sonorous voice that absolutely captivates the listeners. Her style of singing Dhrupad is though conventional in technique but highly individual in Spirit.
Since last 20 yrs, she has been performing at almost all the major music festivals of India and got immense acclamation from music lovers, connoisseurs, critics, press and media persons.Music Concerts Performed ‐: Tansen Samaroh‐Gawalior, Swami Haridas Samaroh‐Mumbai, Baba Harvallav Music Conference‐Jalandhar, Dhrupad Samaroh, Yuva Mahila Sangeet Samaroh, Aarambha of Anhad Bharat Bhawan‐Bhopal, Kumar Gandharva Smriti Samaroh‐Devas, ABC Art Gallary‐Banaras, NCPA‐Mumbai, Nehru Canter‐Mumbai, Dhrupad Samaroh‐Jaipur, Mahfil of MGMAcademy‐Aurangabad, Abhinav Kala Samaj‐Indore, Bhagwan Das Smriti Samaroh‐Lucknow, Barsi‐1996 & 2000 YB Chowhan Pratishthan‐Mumbai, Dhrupad Samaroh‐Patna, (NCZCC Allahabad) Spic Macay's National Festival VIRASAT 1999 & 2001, Music Festivals 2001 Neomach (Allauddin Khan Sangeet Academy‐Bhopal) Nandan Smriti Samaroh‐Banglore, Basantic Smriti Samaroh‐ Khanda, Spic.' Macay's Festivals‐2003,2004,2005 a wonderful Jugalbandi with Carnatic Vocal in Pondichery on 24th sep. 2005 , Late Pt. Parwat Singh Smriti Samaroh‐ Rajghat, New Delhi2005, Late Bageshwari Devi Smriti Samaroh‐Varanasi 2006, Music Conference at PST Auditorium, New Delhi 2006, SPIC MACAY'S Virasat Series Rajasthan State circuit 2006, music Conference ONGC Auditorium Barodara (Guj.) 2006, Jalsa Kacheri by Ninad and Baniyan tree Mumbai 2006, Ustad Rajab Ali and Ustad Amanat Ali Smriti Samaroh ‐ M.P Dewas 2007, SPIC MACAY'S Virasat Series M.P State circuit 2007, Rajkumari Indira Smriti Samaroh, Khairagarth C.G 2008, SPIC MACAY'S, Virasat Series M.P State
She was invited as visiting professor in 1998 to impart training of Dhrupad to the students of Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh and worked as visiting fellow and Visiting Professor. She has given music direction in KABIRA, a Music Drama, written by Shri Bhishma Sahani a noted Drama & Storywriter of India. The said drama was staged at various cities of country and was highly appreciated.