Award Name : Padma Bhushan
Year of Award : 2010
Award for : Arts
Location : Ahmedabad, Gujarāt, India
Kumudini Lakhia is an Indian Kathak dancer and choreographer based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where she founded Kadamb School of Dance and Music, an institute of Indian dance and music in 1967. She was born in the year 1930 Ahmedabad in Gujarat. She is the founder of the Kadamb School of Dance and Music in the year 1967. She started her career as a solo dancer and later became Kathak dancer in 1960s. She is a talented choreographer and had done choreography for many dances. She started her career in dancing with Ram Gopal. She traveled to western world and brought enlightenment to the Indian dance among the people living abroad. She learned from different teachers of Jaipur. She learned dancing from Shambhu Maharaj. She was a renowned multi-person choreographer. Dhabkar and Atah Kim are some her famous choreographies. She gave her performance in the Kathak Mahotsav in New Delhi in the year 1980. She presented Kathak dance in a unique way. She worked as the choreographer in the Hindi film Umrao Jaan in the year 1981. She is particularly known for her multi-person choreographies. Some of her most famous choreographies include Dhabkar (Pulse), Yugal (The Duet), and Atah Kim, which she performed at the annual Kathak Mahotsav in Delhi in 1980. She was also a choreographer in the Hindi film, Umrao Jaan (1981), along with Gopi Krishna. She is a guru to many disciples, including Kathak dancers Aditi Mangaldas, Vaishali Trivedi, Daksha Sheth, Prashant Shah, Sanjukta Sinha, and Parul Shah.