Featuring choreography, direction and an original score by internationally renowned kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das, Sita Haran is a dramatic staging of one of the most popular and widely told stories from India’s great text, The Rāmāyana. With an international all-female cast of dancers, Pandit Chitresh Das retells this timeless story in the dynamic Kathak style with compelling abhinaya (expression), movement, music and rhythm. Delving deeply into the characters with a unique contemporary perspective, Sita Haran sheds new light onto this story of greed, lust, distraction and divine intervention.
This presentation of Sita Haran 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.
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Chhandika - Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance
Chhandika, the Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance, is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and contributing to the rich tradition of kathak dance, a classical storytelling art from North India. Chhandika offers classes for men, women and children of all ages; enriches the community through performances and demonstrations; and fosters personal growth and cultural exploration through its workshop and outreach activities.
Based in Massachusetts, Chhandika is affiliated with the Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Company in San Francisco, California as well as the Nritya Bharati Institute in Kolkata, India. Chhandika provides a stimulating, supportive and multi-cultural environment in which to explore the physical, intellectual and spiritual benefits of Kathak dance as a student, professional practitioner or curious observer.
For more information, please visit: www.chhandika.org