“…elegantly shepherds the past into the future as it pays homage to legendary kathak artist, Chitresh Das and his legacy, while giving voice to a new generation of women artists”
— Audience Member
About California Gharana
California Gharana celebrates the living legacy of kathak legend, Pandit Chitresh Das, offering three compelling pieces that embody his style, aesthetic, and vision for the art form. Percussive feet, dynamic movement, and rich music weave seamlessly together to tell the story of India – her history, struggles, spiritual discoveries, and evolution. The performing artists of California Gharana come together from around the world to create not only a compelling work of performance art but a living connection between generations and continents.
Sitar: Jayanta Banerjee
Run Time: 45 minutes
Cast: 5 dancers, 3 musicians*
Concept: Rukhmani Mehta
Choreography: Leela Dance Collective
Original Compositions & Music: Pandit Chitresh Das
* California Gharana can be performed with 3-5 dancers, and with live or pre-recorded music depending on venue and budget considerations.
What Audiences Are Saying
“California Gharana is simply outstanding. Das’ aesthetic, dynamic style and musicality shines through as the Leela Dance Collective reinvents the kathak tradition placing it squarely in our modern time”
– Audience member
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