Kathak Dance of Northern India
The ancient art of Kathak is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word for “story”. Kathak dancers use swift and precise footwork and graceful gestures to tell traditional Indian Stories. Through movement, music and math (yes, math!) a dancer from the Chhandam School of Kathak dance will perform “Kathak Yoga” – a technique which unifies the recitation of taal (rhythm), the singing of a melody and the dancing of complex footwork and rapid spins. Throughout the program, students will use mathematics to help the dancer keep time and a few volunteers may learn basic Kathak steps.
Target Grades: K-8
Audience Limit: 500
Duration: 45 minutes
Workshops will introduce some students to basic footwork, polyrhythms and music of Kathak.
Target Grades: K-8
Participants: 25 students
Duration: 45 Minutes
Single: $588 Double: $941 Triple: $1,235 Quad: $1,470
Workshops: $125 each
Travel Fee: Based upon mileage (use map below)
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Chhandika Kathak Dance Performance Requirements
Chhandika Kathak Dance Educational Materials
Anjali Nath is the senior performer for Chhandika and is thrilled to be sharing the art of kathak with the young audiences of Massachusetts. Anjali is a senior disciple of Ms. Hayden and Pandit Das and one of the most dynamic artists of a new generation of Kathak soloists. Known for her swift chakkars (spins), crisp footwork and delicate abhinaya (gesture), Anjali’s solo performances are rooted deeply in the Kathak tradition and dazzling to watch.
Anjali holds a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University. She has passionately pursued her career in Kathak and public health simultaneously for over 14 years working with communities and engaging youth in leadership and activities to improve self esteem and overall health and well-being. Anjali believes in the art as a vehicle for service to society and a path to self-awareness available to everyone. As an artist and teacher Anjali strives to highlight the relevance, universality, and overall benefits of the multi-faceted art of Kathak regardless of age, gender or culture.
Just wanted to say thank you so much for bringing Anjali to our campus today! She was WONDERFUL and so easy to work with! Students, faculty and staff all enjoyed her dance and her lessons at the end! What a treat! We hope to be able to bring her back to campus again in the future! – Coordinator, Women’s Resource Center, Massasoit Community College
Anjali was fantastic. I have had so much positive feedback on her performance. Everyone was so interested and impressed!
-Enrichment Coordinator, Nantucket Athenaeum
Today’s program was AWESOME! Our students, faculty and parents really enjoyed Anjali. She was engaging, interesting, energetic and thoughtful with our audience. I highly recommend her performance to others!
-Teacher, Leslie Ellis School, Arlington, MA
Tuesdays best, but other dates worth checking. Mornings best.
(double the mileage below to account for the trip and the return trip)