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Kathak is an ocean – Nikhita Hazari

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I don’t think I take enough time out of the day to tell the people I’m thinking about, that I’m thinking about them. I just sit there quietly going over the thoughts in my head, but never actually speak any of them – except for on the rarest of occasions, I suppose. One of the […]

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Graduating Senior YC Spotlight: Simran Arora

Menlo School's International Fair celebrates the diversty of cultures on campus. Photo by Pete Zivkov.

When did you begin your study of Kathak with Chhandam? I began studying Kathak approximately 9 years ago (3rd grade). When did you join the CYDC and why? I joined CYDC in 2009 (7th grade). I joined youth company because I had already been dancing for three years and I was looking for a more […]

Graduating Senior YC Spotlight: Sneha Patkar

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Sneha Patkar, "Dadaji always used to say that knowledge of kathak goes beyond just dance - it requires understanding of history, mathematics, philosophy, and music."

Leela Institute for the Arts, Founder, Rina Mehta

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One of the new initiatives we are most excited about in 2015 is the creation of the Leela Institute for the Arts in the Los Angeles area, founded by our own LA branch director, Rina Mehta.  The Los Angeles branch of the Chhandam School of Kathak dance was founded in 2008.  But, starting in 2015, […]

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Happy 70th Birthday Guruji, From Shishya Gretchen

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Dear Guruji, As you enter your eighth decade, we celebrate your previous seven and reflect upon your enormous contributions since arriving in the United States, from Calcutta (Kolkata) forty-five years ago—a gift beyond measure! Once referred to as the “Johnny Appleseed of kathak dance” you aimed high from the very beginning. “I want to add […]

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