Pandit Chitresh Das is an internationally-known teacher and practitioner of Kathak, a classical dance from Northern India. He won an Isadora Duncan award in 2007 for his collaboration with tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith. And now he’s teaming up with Flamenco dancer Antonio Hidalgo Paz for performances at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. We’ll talk with Das about the art of Kathak, his humanitarian work in India, and his upcoming show.

Pandit Chitresh Das, founder of the Chitresh Das Dance Company and Chandam School of Kathak; and co-star in the upcoming performance "Yatra: Journey from India to Spain"

  • Ehkzu

    Has Mr. Das had any experience with Balinese dance? Bali is the only other substantial Hindu culture besides India’s, so its traditional dance forms share important themes with India’s. On the other hand, the rhythmic structure is Malay, with little in common with Kathak.

    • Celine Schein

      He has worked with Balinese several times. In fact in 2000 he collaborated with Gamelan Sekar Jaya and their guest artists Dewa Putu Berata and Nyoman Cerita. He then performed that collaboration in Bali. While the rhythmic structures are different, they were able to find common ground and were also able to collaborate with stories and music, in addition to rhythm and music. In 2003 he collaborated with the great guru Ni Ketut Arini.

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