Seeking a Renaissance in San Francisco
The Traditions Engaged festival will be spotlighting senior Kathak artist and guru, Pandit Chitresh Das. He will be performing the world premiere of , ‘Chhanda Bhava—The Moods of Rhythm,’ on Sunday, October 3 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 6:00 PM. For tickets and registration for Tradtions Engaged, please visit this site: Registration.
Pandit Chitresh Das started learning Kathak at the age of 9, from his guru, Nrityacharya Pandit Ram Narayan Misra. He was trained in both of the prominent gharanas, or traditions, of the time. He acquired the dynamic and powerful rhythms of the Jaipur gharana and the graceful and sensual elements of the Lucknow gharana. He grew up surrounded by the arts at Nritya Bharati, one of the oldest dance, music, and performing arts institutions in India. Nritya Bharati was founded by his parents Sri Prahlad Das and Smt. Nilima Das in Kolkata.
A prodigous talent, Pandit Das came to the University of Maryland in 1970 on the Whitney Fellowship. In 1971, he was invited to the Ali Akbar College of Music in California to establish a Kathak program. Pandit Das started his own school, the Chhandam School of Kathak in 1980. Now with over 600 students, Chhandam is one of the largest Indian Classical Dance schools in the world. Pandit Das’ performance, choreography and teaching have influenced the art form worldwide.
As a part of the Traditions Engaged Festival, Pandit Das shared his views on the festival and Indian Classical Dance forms. Check out the interview here: Pandit Chitresh Das Interview.