Ghungroo

A Ghungroo, is one of many small metallic bells strung together to form Ghungroos, a musical anklet tied to the feet of classical Indian dancers.

The sounds produced by Ghungroos vary greatly in pitch depending on their metallic composition and size. Ghungroos serve to accentuate the rhythmic aspects of the dance and allow complex footwork to be heard by the audience.

They are worn immediately above the ankle. A string of ghungroos can range from 50 to greater than 200 bells knotted together.

A novice child dancer may start with 50 and slowly add more as he or she grows older and advances in his or her technical ability.

Ghungroos are worn in traditional performances of the classical Indian dance forms, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Odissi.