NCPA Welcomes Kumudini Lakhia's Kadamb Centre for Residency, Now thru 17 Aug
Each year, the NCPA invites a renowned dance institute from India to showcase their work in a series of performances, master classes and seminars. This year, the NCPA plays host to one of the most prestigious Kathak dance schools of our country, Kumudini Lakhia's Kadamb Centre for Dance. This one-week residency promises captivating performances, engaging master classes, interactive activities with schools and an enlightening conversation with the dance maestro Lakhia herself.
Kadamb Centre for Dance was founded by Kumudini Lakhia in 1967, with the sole aim of promoting Kathak. 46 years later, Kadamb has gained the reputation of an institution that imparts training in Kathak along with a holistic view of dance education. Kadamb's dance ensemble is particularly known for their creative innovations and imaginative approach of the time and space concept, thereby establishing a unique style of their own that displays virtuosity, precision and elegance.
Kumudini Lakhia is considered a pioneer in her field due to her involvement in Kathak for over 60 years. Her holistic approach to performance pays close attention to details, especially with respect to music where she stresses its importance beyond accompaniment. In addition, her natural sensitivity to colour and presentation has redefined conventional notions of costumes, lighting and set design.
To acknowledge her outstanding contribution in the field of Kathak, the Government of India presented her with the prestigious titles of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
The Little Theatre
The dance residency commences with an evening of dance and discussion lead by young students of dance welcoming Kumudini Lakhia and dancers of the Kadamb Dance Centre. Students from the different classical dance schools across the city will devote dance presentations to Kumudini Lakhia based on varied subjects like History of Kathak, the life of the legendary Kumudini Lakhia, etc.
Some of the participating schools will be Pt. Chitresh Das &Seema Mehta's ChhandamSchool of Dance (Kathak), Smt. Daksha Mashruwala'sKaishiki (Odissi), Dr Sandhya Purecha's Kalaparichay (Bharatanatyam) and Uma Dogra's School of Kathak.
The Experimental Theatre
GatiPravah (Gati literally meaning speed and pravah meaning flow) is a collage of kathak compositions presented by the accomplished dancers of Kadamb Centre of Dance.
The programme commences with Dhamar, a piece based on the movement structure of 'Nritta' (pure dance), very abstract in form. It comprises of graceful movements that are also brisk and the dancer covers the floor area in fast moving patterns of the feet, arms and pirouettes exhibiting virtuosity and control on the traditional Kathak dance.
The second item MeroMan, depicts the love of Radha and Krishna in the 'Sringaar Rasa' with the emphasis on the abhinaya of the dancer. This is followed by Suverna, a dance piece that was specially choreographed to celebrate the fiftieth year of India's Independence, hence the celebration of Gold (Suverna). A group of dancers continuously weaves patterns in dance, decorating the space with movements and rhythms bringing a sense of joy and celebration among themselves and their audience. This composition in Kathakcombines its various elements of the physical structure and rhythmic virtuosity to create an eloquent flow of kinesis. It begins with a slow tempo with lyrical movements and progresses towards a faster rhythm and linear forms culminating in the fast and unique foot-work of Kathakdance.
Sparsh is a surprise item presented by two senior most dancers and teachers of Kadamb, Prashant Shah and Sanjukta Sinha. This production was 1st premiered at the 'Dance India' programme at the Milap Festival in Liverpool in UK in August 2012.
GatiPravah concludes with a Tarana. In the repertoire of the Indian classical music, Tarana is a form of singing in which there is no content of poetry or words instead the singer uses 'bols' or syllables to the melody of the 'Raga' set to a given rhythm. This particular dance composition is visualization in the movements of the flow of the musical patterns of this melody.
Choreography by KumudiniLakhia
Music by Atul Desai
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Rs.400 & 300/- (Public)
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Creations by Kumudini Lakhia followed by -"In conversation with Kumudini Lakhia conducted by RatnaPathak Shah"