Going back to early 70s the many splendors of a classical dancing mode of Indian dancing dawned upon the stage of Nairobi when an exceptionally talented girl explored the intricacies of the divine art of storytelling at CITY HALL IN NAIROBI.
The occasion was a graduation (“arrangetram”) performance of one of Kenya’s most promising dancers Kamini Kothari nee Thakkar. The traditional graduation under the watchful eye of the guru. Together with a natural aptitude and a rare instinctive tendency towards dancing were sufficient to launch Kamini as a dancer of substance. Her envious qualifications in music, dance, and dramatics from the prestigious M.S UNIVERSITY OF BARODA, INDIA no doubt stood her in good stead.
A few years later in 1975 with a burning desire to share her creative abilities with her colleagues and spread the gospel of Indian classical and contemporary dancing in general, she established KAMINIS SCHOOL OF DANCING.
Soon it gained respect and popularity, mainly because the institution provided a systematic, creative nourishment to its pupils.
Over the years the school has become a cultural force to reckon with, hundreds of young Kenyan girls through Kamini have been trained and graduated in her school. Her pupils have performed individually and collectively in numerous charity shows, at National and International festivals and were highly appreciation audience.
Prestigious awards in the Oriental Section of the KENYA MUSIC FESTIVAL have been won by the school ‘Kamini enjoys presenting ballets and dance expositions, each time giving them a special creative flavor.
To mention few of her productions
- RAAS DULARI
- WHISPER ME A DREAM
- LAILA MAJNU
- ZODIAC YATRA,
- BOLLYWOOD DREAMS
- AND MANY MORE
Kamini’s anxiously awaited show The Big Fat Indian Wedding Sponsored by Jain Social Group which is aid of children’s heart surgery in partnership with M.P.Shah Hospital which will be commencing on 21st April till 23rd April 2017 and will be staged at Oshwal Center Auditorium.The show is almost fully sold out.
I have been honored with prestigious awards as shown under;
- KAL KE KALAKAR AWARD IN INDIA
- SHRINGARMANI AWARD IN BOMBAY, INDIA
- APPOINTED CULTURAL REPRESENTATIVE IN SHRI LANKA TO PROMOTE INDIAN ART
- JAYCEES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ORIENTAL PERFORMER
- GIANTS AWARD FOR THE SHOW ASHIANA, BASED ON ENVIRONMENT
- IN 2006 A VISITING PERSONALITY OF THE ART OF LIVING FOUNDATION (SHRI SHRI RAVI SHANKER) HONOURED KAMINI AT A GRAND CEREMONY BY RECOGNISING HER CONTRIBUTION TO THE INDIAN ART AND CULTURE OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS IN KENYA
- TO MARK THE INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY THE INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION RECOCONISED KAMINI AS ONE THE OUTSTANDING WOMAN WHO HAS MADE AN IMPACT ON THE LOCAL ASIAN COMMUNITY.
- SHE WAS RECOGNISED BY THE WORLD BODY OF LOHANA COMMUNITY FOR HER OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO ART AND CULTURE IN KENYA.
- RECENTLY THE SCHOOL WAS INVITED TO DANCE AT THE STATE HOUSE FOR THE MADARAKA DAY CELEBRATIONS, AND HER STUDENTS WERE INVITED TO PERFORM AT ARIJITSSINGHS CONCERT AT KICC.
- THE SCHOOLCELEBRATED ITS 40 YEARS IN 2015
After having served the cause of Indian culture and dancing for over three decades and groomed numerous girls, who in their own right, perform and teach, ABOUT 200 GIRLS HAVE GRADUATED FROM HER DANCE SCHOOL
Thus KAMINIS SCHOOL OF DANCING continues to advance a unique facet of Indian culture in Kenya.