Legendary kathak dancer-choreographer Kumudini Lakhia believes that change is progress. The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee from Ahmedabad has been credited for moving away from the solo form of Kathak by turning it into a group spectacle and also for innovating the dance form by adding contemporary storylines to the traditional kathak narrative. At 89, as she brings her latest production, Meraki to Chennai, she says she is concerned for the next generation because many refrain from changing the traditional ways, thinking that is how it should be. “We progress in everything we do, even in the way we cook. Everything has to change, for the better of course. In this case, it’s important to make sure that the dignity of the dance style is retained,” says Kumudini, artistic director at Kadamb Centre for Dance, the 55-year-old dance institution.
An ensemble production featuring 13 kathak dancers including Sanjukta Sinha, Rupanshi Kashyap, Mitali Dhruva, among others, Meraki, lasting 80 minutes is a saga in kathak featuring Hindustani as well as contemporary music......Read more
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