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32 Saint Charles Ave
San Francisco
California 94132

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Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Los Angeles, Kolkata

Programs: The Chitresh Das Dance Company (home seasons and touring), Chhandam School of Kathak Dance, Nritya Bharati Institute of Kathak, Chhandam Youth Dance Company

Founded in 1980, we are dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of Kathak dance and Indian Culture. Based in San Francisco, the company performs internationally and most frequently throughout the US and India.

The Chitresh Das Dance Company’s mission is to:

Produce exemplary traditional, innovative, and collaborative works of North Indian classical Kathak dance

Increase awareness of Kathak dance

Train future generations and build local, national and international community support for the Kathak tradition

The Chhandam School of Kathak dance, founded and directed by internationally renowned Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das, is the largest Indian classical dance institution in North America. For its thirty-year history, Chhandam has and continues to impact the preservation and promotion of Kathak at the highest caliber locally, nationally, and internationally.

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My family has been associated with Chhandam for about 5 years now. It all started when we wanted our daughters to have an exposure to Indian culture & classical arts. Having grown up in India I consider myself fortunate to have been exposed to the Indian classical arts from a very young age. I ... more »
My daughter and I have been students at Chhandam for 2.5 years now. I lived abroad as a child and have little depth into Indian culture/arts/music and enjoyed all these at a surface level. I am eternally thankful to Chhandam that my daughter is learning not just dance but also history, cultural ... more »
Chhandam is so much more than a Kathak class. It’s where my daughter has learned about her ancestors' unique history, culture, customs, and traditions including respect for Guru. Having lived all of her life in USA, it gives me immense pride that my daughter has learned to hold on to Indian ... more »
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