Celebrating 60 years since its inception, Kadamb Centre for Dance and Music rang in its anniversary with a glittering event at Tagore Hall on Wednesday. Students of the world-renowned institute performed at the two-day event, which marked its presence in the state, as well as its founder, Padma Shri Kumudini Lakhia’s 90th birthday.
The veteran danseuse is notably credited for breaking away from solo performances to creating group spectacles. She was one of the first amongst the Kathak dancers to visualize this particular dance style in a contemporary context. Some of her well-known choreographic pieces such as ‘Dhabkar’, ‘Atah Kim’ and ‘The Coat’ are landmarks in the annals of Indian dance. A Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, Lakhia is considered one of the most respected names in the world of Kathak dance.
Founded in 1967, Kadamb Centre for Dance has been one of the major institutes instrumental in promoting the Kathak dance form in Gujarat. Known for its creative approach to themes and choreography, the institute’s performing unit has successfully performed several productions all across the world.