Kumudini Lakhia

A distinguished disciple of renowned traditional Kathak gurus like Shri Shambhu Maharaj, Birju Maharaj (both of Lucknow gharana), Pandit Sunder Prasad, Shri Radha Lal Mishra (of Jaipur gharana) and Sri Ashiq Hussain (of Banaras gharana), Smt. Kumudini Lakhia is one of the foremost dancers of Kathak today. In her capacity as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer she has held many prestigious posi- tions. She was Vice President, the International Dance Council (UNESCO). Her choreographic works, such as Dwidha and Atah-kim, try to achieve a synthesis of traditional techni- ques and modern themes. She received the Gujarat State Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for dance in 1978. For her eminence in the field of dance and her contribution to its enrichment Smt. Kumudini Lakhia receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Kathak for 1982.