Seeking a Renaissance in San Francisco
As you may know, Kathak (North-Indian Classical dance) comes from the word Katha, meaning ‘to tell stories’ – and a Kathaka, is a ‘story-teller.’ Traditionally a solo art form, Kathak was perfomed for a small, intimate audience by one dancer for hours on end. The dancer would show technical prowess with challenging footwork and pirouettes, and tell stories with grace and subtlety. The performance would also feature a live orchestra, adding to the intensity of the experience.
In keeping with the rich tradition of Kathak, the Chitresh Das Dance Company has launched a new series of performances in the Mehfil style. The series has already featured solos by company members Seibi Lee and Anjali Nath. The next Mehfil performance will be presented by Rachna Nivas, company member and Co-Director of the Chhandam School of Kathak. The evening will celebrate the Hindu goddess, Saraswati and will include artists Ben Kunin, on Sarod, and Javad Butah, on Tabla.
The event will be held at Mission Dance and Performing Arts in Fremont, CA. For tickets, visit here: Tickets.