Pandit Chitresh Das

A virtuosic master Kathak dancer, Pt. Das is one of the most dynamic and far-reaching artists to have emerged from Modern India. A choreographer, composer, and director, Pandit Das has developed on the concept of “innovation within tradition” and has created compelling new works that are inventive, yet deeply rooted in the Kathak tradition. In 2009, Pandit Das was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor bestowed on a traditional artist by the U.S. Government – an award given to other major Indian artist such as Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Zakir Hussain. He also received an award from Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, a national arts institution inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, for outstanding contribution in the field of Kathak dance, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the prestigious San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. His groundbreaking technique, Kathak Yoga, has been the subject of a doctoral dissertation at Harvard University and is pushing the edge of Kathak. Das has appeared on television on PBS, BBC, as well as Door Darshan and CNN-IBN. Das institute is one of the largest Indian classical dance institutions in the world, with over 500 students worldwide, and his professional dance company, the Chitresh Das Dance Company has toured internationally to award-winning performances.

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