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Kumidini Lakhia’s Kadamb to enchant Mumbai

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Kumudini Lakhia and kathak cannot be separated. One seems incomplete without the other. The Padma Bhushan danseuse has developed her own style of dance which has been appreciated all over. The kathak exponent will premiere her show Vivarta at the National Centre of performing Arts on Saturday. Vivarta, choreographed by Lakhia, will be performed by her students of Kadamb.

Every dance form comes with its special character. Kathak too has always retained its form, beauty and substance through the ages. The intention of presenting this piece is to reinterpret an early text of a contemporary form and reiterate that the foundation of any dance, regardless of its form is timeless and uniform across generations. Our endeavor is to enhance the appreciation of Kathak dance. This production also narrates the actual bol (words) of the Kathak vocabulary and highlights the movement patterns of the classical technique of Kathak dance.

The production is based on the poem ‘Ni-ra-tata-dhang,’ a composition by Maharaj Bindadin, the Adiguru of Kathak dance. This poetic composition is in fact the ‘Lakshan Geet’ of the Kathak classical dance. The first verse speaks of the locale where Radha and Krishna performed the Raas with gopis. In the second verse, the poet evokes the Gods — Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh — and Narad among others to bless the principal deities of the dance form. In subsequent verses, the poet describes the divine beauty of Radha, the daughter of Brijbhan.


Vivarta by Kadamb will be performed on March 25, at Tata Theatre, NCPA, from 7 pm onwards