Chitresh Das Dance Company

Chhandam Youth Company

THE CHHANDAM YOUTH DANCE COMPANY (CYDC) is an elite pre-professional training and performance troupe, ages 8-18, under the direct tutelage of international kathak icon, Pandit Chitresh Das.  It is the only pre-professional kathak youth dance company and leadership program outside of India.  Students must audition and undergo a rigorous training program in dance technique, classical North Indian music, etiquette, history and philosophy of Indian art and culture.  CYDC has performed at prestigious festivals and venues, such as Davies Symphony Hall with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Ballet, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Chicago International Kathak Festival, Youth Fest at ODC Theatre, and the National Center for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.  

CYDC members are also advocates and rising young leaders in the arts - they participate in mentorship programs, community events and services, and in raising awareness overall about the rich tradition of Kathak and classical Indian art.    

2013/14 Youth Company Members:

Seniors:

Jasmine Balsara
Leela Amladi
Simran Arora
Aditi Maheshwari
Shruti Pai
Richa Patwardhan
Mayuka Sarukkai
Anushka Shah
Kritika Sharma
Sarina Chitre
Anushka Das
Ishita Dubey
Nikhita Hazari
Vanita Mundhra

Juniors:

Gauri Bhatnagar
Atmika Sarukkai
Sonia Shah
Ishani Basak
Ishani Chakraborty
Shreya Khandewale
Ruchira Rao
Isha Chitre
Amidala Geetaumesh
Esha Gupta
Shreeya Indap
Ishika Kamchetty
Murali Meyer
Saavani Vaidya 

Apprentices:

Ojaswee Chaudhary
Aria Lakhmani
Nupur Agarwal
Sunishka Deshpande
Simran Mohanty
Meera Pala
Aishi Rao
Mahak Bandi
Rhea Basarkar
Vyomika Gupta
Mira Wadehra

ACTA

This project has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, in partnership with the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation.


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