One of India’s leading Kathak artists of her generation, Sanjukta Sinha is known for her technical expertise and immense artistry. A solo dancer of distinction, she has also performed in ensembles as well as collaborated with several leading international names across various dance forms, keen to create contemporary expressions of dance based on Kathak.
Smt. Kumudini Lakhia
Smt. Kumidini Lakhia (Kumiben to her students) is an internationally renowned Kathak dancer and choreographer based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where she founded the Kadamb School of Dance and Music. A pioneer in Kathak dance, Mrs Lakhia is credited for moving away from the solo form of Kathak starting in the 1960s, by turning it into a group spectacle, and also innovations like taking away traditional stories and adding contemporary storylines into Kathak repertoire. She was conferred with India’s third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, in 2010. She is the guru to some of India’s most acclaimed Kathak dancers.
Praise for Artist
“ Sanjukta is in the vanguard of a new generation of brave and adventurous kathak artists who want to find new expression in an art form that they are deeply rooted. She has enormous skill, grace, virtuosity, versatility and physical intelligence. Coupled with a charismatic stage presence I’m in no doubt her fearlessness will help to contribute to redefining our experience of Kathak. It’s been a huge pleasure to work with her and her team and nothing is more satisfying than working with people who are totally committed to making a difference.”
Farooq Chaudhry, Producer – Akram Khan Company
“ Sanjukta has an extraordinary gift of chasing her dreams. When she came to me she had said “ I have learnt for many years but I want to be a dancer”. In her training with me she focused on discovering her strength both physical and emotional. Today she has developed into a most talented, graceful and versatile dancer. Sanjukta’s commitment to dance is going to take her into world of “Anand” the ultimate spiritual experience of dance.”
Guruji : Padma Bushan – Smt Kumudini Lakhia
Kadamb – Centre for Dance and Music