Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, one of Kathak’s living luminaries, is a legend known for her unparalleled technical expertise and immense artistry. A lifetime dedicated to learning, exploring, teaching and creating has ensured her an enviable place in the history of dance.

At Kadamb, Kathak is the very essence of who we are, how we love, and what we create. We pride ourselves on our history of creating imaginative and spectacular compositions that have been appreciated by audiences across the globe. 

A career in dance spanning over seventy years today Kumudini Lakhia’s name is synonym with Kathak. After a distinguished profession as a solo dancer, Kumudini Lakhia established the KADAMB Centre for Dance in Ahmedabad, India in 1964.

It was at Kadamb that she focused her energies and vision on the development of the technique, vocabulary,  and repertoire of the Kathak dance. Starting with a small group of students whom she trained in a rigorous routine, she started doing choreography in 1973. Her endeavour was to transform the presentation of Kathak dance with innovative ways for contemporary expression.

Lakhia’s performing company Kadamb has toured extensively around the world where it has received critical acclaim and connoisseur’s appreciation. She continues to lecture on ‘creativity and performance in dance’ at universities in India, USA, and countries in Europe.