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'India Jazz Suites' Reviews

Reviews :: Tour Dates :: Artist Biographies :: Photos/Video :: Technical Specifications :: Booking/Inquiries

"Alone, they're captivating. Together, they're magic."
- Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance

INDIA JAZZ SUITES, featuring Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith, is an explosive collaboration between one of India’s foremost Kathak masters and one of the world’s fastest, Emmy-award winning tap dancers. The result is high entertainment which crosses all boundaries of age, race and culture — a blast of incredible speed and power, grace and beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy of dance.

After premiering in San Francisco in 2005, INDIA JAZZ
SUITES has received extensive critical acclaim and has
toured around the U.S. and India. It was chosen as
the #1 Dance Performance of 2005 by the San Francisco
Chronicle and won the prestigous Isadora Duncan Dance
Award (Izzie) for Best Ensemble Performance of the year.

The Telegraph - Calcutta, India, 2007

American Dance Festival, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle, #1 Dance Performance of 2005
Voice of Dance, 2005
Preview, The Times of India, 2008
Preview, San Francisco Chronicle, 2005

Tour Dates

January 18 - National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai, India
January 19 - Charity Performance for Seva Sadan, Mumbai, India
January 20 - Luxury Fest, Turk Club, Mumbai
January 24 - 50th Anniversary Festival, IIT Kharagpur, India
January 30 - Birla Sabhaghar, Kolkata, India
March 14 - Leeward Community College, Oahu, Hawaii
March 19 - Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, Hawaii
March 21 - Kahilu Theater, Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii
April 3 - Kirkland Center, Washington

May 1 & 2 - World Music/CRASHarts, Boston

Past Tours
January 18 & 20 - Mumbai Festival, Mumbai, India
January 23 - US Consulate
50th Anniversary, Mumbai, India
February 14 & 15 - Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
August 23 & 24 - National Folk Festival, Bangor, Maine
December 21 - Mood Indigo Festival, IIT Mumbai, India


October 13 & 14 - National Folk Festival, Richmond, Virginia
October 12 - Denver University Convocation, Denver, Colorado
October 10 & 11 - Lakewood Cultural Center, Denver, Colorado
October 4 - CSU Monterey Bay World Theater
January 29 - Kolkata Consulate/American Center, India (LecDem)
January 28 - Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata, India
January 25 - Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi, India
January 24 - New Delhi Embassy/American Center (LecDem)
January 20 - Calcutta Club, Kolkata, India
January 8 - Mumbai Consulate/American Center, India (LecDem)
January 6 - Mumbai, India

December 3 - La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, California
November 18 & 19 - Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago, Illinois
November 17 - The Egg, Albany, New York
November 15 - Parc International, Lafayette, Louisiana (Workshop and Performance)
November 9-12 - New Orleans, Louisiana (Workshops and LecDems at local schools)
June 15-17 - American Dance Festival, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Download Artist Biographies
Pandit Chitresh Das (.doc)
Jason Samuels Smith (.doc)


Performance Photos by Marty Sohl
For high resolution photos, email

View Performance and Outreach Activities' Photos from Louisiana

Excerpt of India Jazz Suites Premiere in San Francisco, 2005

Technical Specifications
Contact for technical rider

Booking Inquiries
For booking information in North America, contact Cathy Pruzan, 415-789-5051,
For booking information in India and internationally, contact Seema Mehta, 011-91-9952403711,

What the Press says

“India Jazz Suites called for a standing ovation and the audience rose to the occasion, en masse, and clapped till their hands were sore.” –The Hindustan Times, India

“ Pandit Das and Smith ... got on top, beneath, around and even inside the rhythm and took the audience along in an amazing performance that had the Page Auditorium audience on its feet.” –Herald Sun, American Dance Festival

“ Both of them traditionalists, both of them innovators, they brought the house down.” –Dance View Times, Rita Felciano

“ A performer who has opened new avenues for his form, it is easy to see why Das has been acknowledged as a phenomenon.” –The Hindustan Times, Kathakali Jana

“Possibly the next greatest.” –Gregory Hines on Jason Samuels Smith

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