Today we focus on the classical Kathak dance tradition of North India, presented The Chhandam School of Kathak. The school is the educational arm of the world-famous Chitresh Das Dance Company, and features both professional and student dancers in costume. The class academy is dedicated to deep cultural education through the Kathak tradition. Founded in Northern California in 1980, it is the largest classical Indian dance institution in North America. In addition, it has major affiliate centers run by Pandit Das’ disciples in India, Boston, Los Angeles and Toronto.
Chhandam emphasizes Chitresh Das’ renowned holistic pedagogy and formalized curriculum for Kathak that has influenced dancers and artists worldwide. Students of all ages undergo extensive training in technique, rhythmical math (taal), improvisation, storytelling, classical Indian music, Indian history, philosophy, and etiquette. Through this training, students develop discipline, awareness, focus, respect, character, and overall life training.