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Chitresh Das Dance Company -
Chitresh Das Dance Company

Sita Haran

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Bali Sugriv

"Stunning contemporary resonance ... performers dazzled the audience with both their mastery of Kathak and enactment of one of India's most beloved epics."
   - India West

(the abduction of Sita) -- choreographed, composed, and directed by celebrated Kathak icon, Pandit Chitresh Das, is a dynamic and original interpretation of an excerpt from the great epic of India, the Ramayana. Sita Haran brings this ancient epic to life with an international all-female cast of dancers, sumptuous multimedia, Sanskrit poetry and an original score. Pandit Das delves deeply into the characters, creating a unique contemporary perspective, shedding new light on this story of greed, lust, distraction and divine intervention.

Sita Haran is an excerpt of one of the most important literary works of India, the Ramayana, with an interpretation of Pandit Das that reexamines this ancient epic within its traditional context while bringing powerful, contemporary issues to light.

SITA HARAN premiered in San Francisco in 2009 and at REDCAT in Los Angeles, CA and in Kolkata, India in 2010.


What the Press Says

“... It was Das’ choreography and clarity of interpretation that made Sita such a delight. This is a show that should travel beyond the confines of its Indian audiences.” - Rita Felciano, Dance View Times

"...ambitious and impressive..." - Jeremy Ganter, Executive Director, Mondavi Center 

Artist Biographies

Chitresh Das Dance Company


View photos from the 2010 premiere

Photo Montage

Tour Dates

Available for Touring in the 2012-2013 season

National Dance Project touring subsidy available


Technical Specifications

Contact for technical specifications


Booking Inquiries

For booking information in North America, contact Cathy Pruzan, 415-789-5051,

For booking information in India and internationally, contact Seema Mehta, 011-91-9833526111,

Bali's Court

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.Art Works.

The presentation of The Chitresh Das Dance Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.

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