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A Kathak Performance as Seva

December 5, 2014


On October 4th, Senior members of the Chhandam Youth Dance Company performed on the steps of San Francisco City Hall as part of the 5th Annual Global Walk for India’s Missing Girls. The girls performed Rangmanch in simple red and white costumes. The event and walk was to bring to light the problem of gender […]

Yatra Interview: San Jose City Council Member, Ash Kalra

September 26, 2014


By: Darlene Dhillon Question: Please tell us a little about your self and your journey in becoming the first Indian American to be elected to San Jose City Council. Ash: I grew up in San Jose to immigrant parents from India. Back then the Indian community was small but growing. My parents tried to instill […]

Yatra: Interview with Alka Raghuram of 3rd i Films

September 22, 2014


By Darlene Dhillon Question: Tell us a little about yourself and your work with 3rd I Films? Alka: I am a filmmaker and a painter currently working on a feature documentary called Burqa Boxers, about Muslim female boxers in Kolkata, India. It was developed with the support of ITVS’ (a Center for Public Broadcasting affiliate) […]

Building an International Kathak Community

December 18, 2012


By Rupal Shah Rina Mehta, Director of the Los Angeles branch of Chhandam and a member of the San Francisco-based Chitresh Das Dance Company, recently traveled to Toronto and Boston for a series of workshops, lecture-demonstrations and a solo performance. As part of TIKAT, Toronto International Kathak and Tabla Week, Rina held a lecture-demonstration, within […]

Rina Mehta Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholars Grant

September 28, 2012


CDDC member, Rina Mehta to travel to India to research the impact of Kathak dance on the empowerment of marginalized young women in Mumbai, India

Reflections of Chhandam Retreat 2012

August 24, 2012


Chhandam student, Emily Mason, gives her thoughts on the 2012 School Retreat

UPAJ Documentary: Interview with Pandit Chitresh Das

March 17, 2011


Pandit Das graciously took the time to talk about his involvement in the documentary, Upaj, his experience with IJS, and the convergence of Tap and Kathak.