VIVARTA is conceptualized and choreographed by the Kathak legend Kumudini Lakhia.
It premiers in Italy, and presents over a hundred year old poem ‘Nir Tat Dhang’ in the form of a dance.
VIVARTA reinterprets an early text in a contemporary form and reiterates that the foundation of any dance, regardless of its form, is timeless and uniform across generations.
The 14 dancers express and bring to life the different stanzas of the poem retaining the beauty and power of story telling through dance. The dance elements like footwork, tala, leaps and chakkars, the myths and legends and symbology of dance depicted through Shiva and the other gods, Krishna, Radha and the whole of nature are visualised in a series of scenes.
Kathak is one of the most widely performed dances in North India. The name originates from the word Katha, a story or tale. This tradition dates back over 2000 years to Kathakas, wandering storytellers.
The distinctive feature of a Kathak performance is the immediate rapport the dancer establishes with the audience. Another important aspect is the Abhinaya, facial expressions supported by gestures of the hands, movements of the body and intricate footwork.
Kadamb’s dance ensemble is one of the most outstanding performing companies in India, comprising a celebrated group of dancers who have had extensive training in Kathak.
Kadamb was founded by Kumudini Lakhia in 1967. An acclaimed Kathak dancer, Ms. Lakhia is recipient of many awards, both in India and abroad. She has invested her life in promoting and propagating the classical dance, opening new areas in artistic expression. Kadamb’s students are known for their virtuosity, precision and elegance.