Traditions Engaged

Traditions Engaged: An International Festival of Classical Indian Dance & Music

“[Chitresh Das] has opened new avenues to his form... a phenomenon.” –Hindustan Times

The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series

Co-presented with Chitresh Das Dance Company and Chhandam School of Kathak

Some of the world’s leading Indian classical artists gather along with emerging practitioners for three days of unparalleled performances and cross-genre inquiry that shed new light on India’s rich and diverse traditional dance forms. Signature elements of dance, drama, and rhythm are brought to new heights by an international roster of artists that includes such luminaries as Kathak master and guru Pandit Chitresh Das, master percussionist Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Bharatanatyam gurus V. P. and Shanta Dhananjayan, Sri Ratikant Mohapatra (son of the great Odissi guru Kelucharan Mohapatra), and many more—proclaiming the relevance, vitality, and elasticity of these centuries-old expressions.


Friday, October 8th, 2010    

7:30pm: Performance    

Smt. Uma Dogra – Kathak

Pt. Bachanlal Mishra & Kasturi Mishra - KathakSmt.

Smt. Mahua Mukherjee - Gauriya Nritya

Sri Ratikant Mohapatra - Odissi

Smt. Darshana Jhaveri& Troupe - Manipuri


Saturday, October 9th, 2010

5:15 – 6:45pm: Panel Discussion: What is a Guru? *

7:30pm: Performance

Sadanam Harikumaran & Troupe - Khatakali

V.P. & Shanta Dhananjayan - Bharatanatyam

Chitresh Das Dance Company in Sita Haran (an excerpt) - Khatak


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

1:00 – 2:30pm: Panel Discussion: What's the Story? Classical Indian Dance and the Art of the Storyteller *

3:00pm: Performance

Performance by Tabla Maestro, Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri & Nilanjan Chaudhuri

Chitresh Das Dance Company performs Shabd - Khatak

Chhanda Bhava - The Moods of Rhythm (World Premiere) featuring Pt. Chitresh

Das, Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri (lead percussionist). Pt. Bhavani Shankar and Poovalur Srinivasan


* Panel Discussion will be held at:

The Colburn School

Mayman Hall

200 South  Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Artists and program are subject to change.  

Funded in part with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Date/Time G ST CA
Fri 10.8.10 7:30 pm $35, $55 vip
$25 $20
Sat 10.9.10 7:30 pm$35, $55 vip$25$20
Sun 10.10.10 3:00 pm$35, $55 vip$25$20

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff