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Traditions Engaged

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Traditions Engaged
Classical Indian Dance in Contemporary Contexts
International Festival & Symposium

Traditions Engaged is festival of Indian dance that will be hosted by the Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC) & the Chhandam School of Kathak (U.S.).  CDDC and Chhandam will partner with their sister organization, Chhandam Nritya Bharati (India), to present the festival in celebration of CDDC/Chhandam’s 30th anniversary and expansion to India.

The festival will run on October 1-3 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and again on October 8-10 at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles.  The program will feature performances, lecture demonstrations, and discussions from some of the world’s foremost Indian classical dancers and musicians.  Check out this site for more information on how to register for the festival: Registration.

The complete schedule is yet to be set, but here is a taste of some of the artists you can expect to see!

  • Chitresh Das Dance Company
    • The Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC) is comprised of dancers whose abilities exemplify Chitresh Das’ emphasis on the technical, graceful and dramatic aspects of Kathak dance.

Chitresh Das Dance Company, Photo by Marty Sohl

  • Chhandam Youth Company
    • The Chhandam Youth Company was established in 2002 to provide young dancers with access to professional training and performance opportunities in Kathak dance under the direct tutelage of Pandit Chitresh Das.

Chhandam Youth Company, Photo by Marty Sohl

Rajendra Gangani

Ratikant Mohapatra


Swapan Chaudhuri

Look out for more updates as we get closer to the festival!  It will certainly be a historic event, “bringing together master and emerging artists, scholars, leaders, critics, presenters and funders to explore the role and relevance of India’s traditional classical dance and music forms in a global world.”


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