Kathak Dance of India
A master class presented by renowned master of traditional kathak dance Pandit Chitresh Das. Sponsored by the Liberal Arts Department.
Pandit Chitresh Das, an amazing, great dancer, master, a virtuoso performer of the Kathak tradition, a classcal dance form of North India. A prolific artist, his performance, choreography and evolution of Kathak has influenced the art form world-wide. Once a child prodigy, Pandit Chitresh Das has become one of the most dynamic and far-reaching artists to have emerged from modern India. Based on his concept of‚ innovation within tradition, Pandit Das explores the boundaries of Kathak technique and performance, creating compelling, new works and techniques that are inventive, yet deeply rooted in the Kathak tradition. Pandit Das has also received numerous awards and grants from Olympic Arts Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, National Dance Project, California Arts Council, Rockefeller Foundation, Fellowships in Dance, among others. His own school, Chhandam, founded in 1980, now has branches in California, Boston, Toronto, Metro DC Area, Denver, Tokyo, Japan and Kolkata and Coimbatore in India. The California school is the largest Indian classical dance school in North America.