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I believe in exploring dance (Kathak) as a flexible medium to bridge sensitivities with sensibilities eventually leading towards a progression of minds and of arts. The inherent resilience of Kathak and its ability to absorb change and lend itself to innovations and eventual progression as a form of dance has always fascinated me.
A chance meeting with Padmashree Kumudini Lakhia in the early phase of my thought process almost obligated me to learn under her tutelage at Kadamb – Centre for Dance and Music. A visionary at core she taught me to build the bridge between life and art and to appreciate the dignity of human body as a dancer. A lesson I always further to my students working as a visiting faculty at JG College of Performing Arts, Gujarat University, National Institute of Design (NID), and Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad; as well as with younger children as a faculty at Kadamb.
As a Kathak performer I have taken on the teaching of Kumudini Lakhia. I try to translate them into my performances as a soloist and as one of the lead dancers with the Kadamb repertory, which over the years has helped me understand the intricacies of a professional presentation.
At Kadamb I also got an opportunity to assist Kumudini Lakhia in some of her choreographic productions, which were based on fusing contemporary thoughts with modern presentations yet keeping them deep rooted in traditional techniques. Over the years this experience has helped me in taking on independent choreographic works, applying my own ideology to that which I was shown.
Further, I hold a graduate and a post graduate degree in Performing Arts from the Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, specializing in Dance and a graduate degree in Clothing and Textiles from the same university.
I took my education further and conducted a Fellowship Research entitled “Contemporary Sensibilities vis a vis the heritage of Kathak”, and subsequently conducted a Kinesiology based research exploring the therapeutic benefits of the fundamental movements of Kathak.
Currently based in London, I got a rare opportunity to be associated in the formation of an arts organization FLUID, which furthers my own thoughts within its ideological framework. During the brief period of my association I have choreographed a dance film, Be Line