Kadamb’s budding dancers delight

Kadamb, Kathak Guru Kumudini Lakhia and other

Kumiben, as Kathak Guru Kumudini Lakhia is known to most of us, in her five-minute informal address to the audience at H.K.College Auditorium after Guru Vandana offered to her and other teachers at Kadamb by way of six dainty performances by eighteen girls of the dance centre, mentioned them as ‘these beautiful girls’. Offstage they are like all other girls, many in school yet. While they dance, and this can be said of all Kadamb girls, there is an unusual glow on their faces, a spark in eyes, grace in movement and absolute confidence in their expression. These personal qualities are generated – and they will remain a part of their personality all through life – owing to the values and dignity associated with their kind of Kathak at Kadamb.

Kadamb, Kathak dancer, students performing

All teachers at Kadamb – Vaishali, Nandini, Neelima, Rupanshi, not to forget Parulben besides Sanjukta – have their distinctive identity.  Sanjukta Sinha, for over ten years at the Centre, initially adding value to what she had come to Ahmedabad with now teaching, besides her always visible passion for Kathak, has had a dominant contemporary attitude to it. With a keen eye for observation and modest emulation of the tradition that Kadamb, straddling over half a century, has developed, which is often mentioned by those knowledgeable as the Ahmedabad Gharana, she choreographs compositions from time to time. The six dance pieces, each of around ten minutes, one prettier than another, form part of a compact one-hour Guru Vandana.

Kadamb, Kathak dancer, students performing

Talking of a pleasing bearing, grace in movement and brimful of confidence, see Krutika and Mihika among the youngest, still school girls, who danced ‘Gati’, a pure nrutta item – following the opening metaphorical ‘DurgaShakti’ with the line Jayajaya narayani sukhadayini… (Devika, Manasi, Aarohi, Kruti, Shweta, Akanksha, Nirzari, Tsutsumi)with relatively controlled flourishes and chakkars, their green flares weaving designs in the air. Nikita was privileged to have been given two portrayals, both different in nature. The young dancer Nikita admirably essays sketching in the Gazal Salona saajan hai …, expressively rendered by Mirande, moods of the Nayika’s longing for the one she loves, Piya ke saamane ghunghat utha de …moment in many a visually delicate way and finally of a dejected slow-motion withdrawal. The choreographer reaffirms her faith in Krutika for the portrayal of dripping lyricism to sparse lines (Balraj) from the Mira Bhajan Barase badariya savan ki.

Kadamb, Kathak dancer performing

In the late Atul Desai’s musical composition, with the above three and Manasi, Vidhi, Devika as dancers, ‘Aakar’ has Sanjukta’s signature close to Kumiben’s on the delectable clusters and spatial movement all over the stage. ‘Samanvay’, which was presented at Kadamb’s ‘SuvarnaParva’, has Kumudini Lakhia’s joyous choreography with two groups of seven girls each in rainbow colours creating exhilarating flitting kaleidoscopic patterns. The perky dancers were Manasi Gandhi, Vidhi, Manasi Dave, Virakti, Mudra, Aarushi, Aarohi, Kruti, Shweta, Aakanksha, Nirzari Tsutsumi, Ghata, Dhruvi.

Though recorded, the music came across with elegance. Dependable as always, the instrumentalists were Joby Joy on the tabla, Ikram Khan on the sarangi and Parth Sarkar on the flute. Rupanshi compered the programme with composure and good articulation.

Kadamb, Kathak dancer, kathak

Photographs: Aneri Nihalani

Yatra Archives

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/01-.jpg His Pictures Tell Your Story : a Heart to Heart talk with photographer Vivek Desai

If photographers today wish to cover an age-old festival popular in a remote village, all they need to do is google for details. Date, place, time, schedule, it’s all listed on the well-designed website. Camera bag and lens in order,…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/IMG_2008.jpg 37th Saptak Annual Music Festival peaks during the weekend!

Day 7 ends with audience saying ‘Wah Ustad’ The seventh day of the music festival featured three concerts namely a violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramanathan, Gundecha brothers presented drupad music and a Santoor recital by Shri. Rahul Sharma accompanied by…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/the-sleep-comes-like-a-drug-1000-x-555-px-psd.jpg Sleep Comes Like A Drug : Fab Fables #5

It was July. This time, the monsoon was heavy and the moisture-laden air had dampened everything. But for the streak of yellow light originating from the street lamp, the room was dark.   He got up again with his toe…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/astoma-sadgamaya2.jpg પ્રાર્થના / prayer (અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લઈ જા)

Prayer by Nahnalal અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લ‍ઈ જા, ઊંડા અંધારેથી, પ્રભુ! પરમ તેજે તું લઈ જા; મહામૃત્યુમાંથી, અમૃત સમીપે નાથ લ‍ઈ જા. તું-હીણો હું છું તો, તુજ દરસનાં દાન દ‍ઈ જા. પિતા! પેલો આઘે, જગત વીંટાતો સાગર…