Song of Surrender

Friday, 9 January 2015

Chitresh Das passes away

By Sunil Kothari

Chitresh Das, a brilliant Kathak exponent and teacher died on 4 January in San Francisco, USA at the age of  70.

He was one of the pioneers to teach Kathak in USA.  He taught at Ali Akbar Khan's institute in Sanfrancisco Son of Prahlad Das, a Kathak exponent trained by Acchan Maharaj, Chitresh learnt Kathak from his father and also from gurus of the Jaipur gharana.
His style was full of fire, power and energy -- like the tandava.

Chitresh Das established established the Chhandam School of Kathak and the Chitresh Das Dance Company in California. He taught Kathak to many  American dancers, especially women,  and was honoured by the President of the USA for his yeoman service to dance.

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