Seibi Lee is a Kathak soloist and principal member of the internationally acclaimed Chitresh Das Dance Company and began her study of kathak with Pandit Chitresh Das in 1991.
In all classical arts, it is important to first delve deeply into the tradition, establish oneself with respect to this and then eventually find one’s own voice within the tradition. Seibi Lee has accomplished this through the development of a great range of dramatic performances: Mantara, Vishwamitra, Hanuman, Marich, and the Guru in Pandit Das’s final choreography SHIVA and numerous performances of the traditional Kathak solo.
Seibi has been mentoring next generation dancers since 2002 and was honored by the Alliance of California Traditional Arts as Master Artist in 2016. She has produced several shows including "An Evening of Kathak Dance: Next Generation", "Pacific Pathways" and the "Harvest Moon Festival". She has also forged her own unique creative path with choreography for Houyi and Chang’e - a beloved Chinese story told in Kathak style.
Her most recent artistic endeavor - "Son of the Wind" - was presented by the prestigious Green Music Center in Sonoma. The world premiere of this full length dance drama of the heroic adventures of Hanuman from the great epic Ramayana April 2017 was received with mutliple standing ovations.
"Once in a lifetime, all of the aspects of one’s experience converge. For me, this has been in the art form of Kathak and the deeply inspirational training with Pandit Chitresh Das that began in 1991. My master’s degree specializing in harp performance and experience as a professional musician, my degree in the sciences, and my love for the dance have given me a unique passion for the four core aspects of Kathak: tayari (technique), laykari (the ability to play with rhythm), khoobsurti (grace in movement), and nazakat (subtlety of gesture) and the history, philosophy and sophisticated mathematics that pervade this dance. Although developed in India, there is an inherent universality to the art form of Kathak that speaks across generations and across cultures”...Seibi Lee.