Kathakas (formerly Chhandika)
Kathakas are storytellers and rhythm makers. We dance from our eyebrows to our toes. Kathak is an ancient Indian classical dance form, in which one dancer portrays all characters in a story through rhythmic movement and expression. Kathakas create varied and complex rhythmic patterns with their feet.
Kathakas Anjali Nath and Shonool Malik believe in the art as a vehicle for service to society and a path to self-awareness available to everyone. As artists and teachers, they strive to highlight the relevance, universality, and overall benefits of the multi-faceted art of Kathak for audiences of all backgrounds, ages, genders and cultures.
Anjali Nath is a senior disciple of Chhandika artistic director Gretchen 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.
Shonool Malik is a dancer, educator, arts/non-profit/higher education administrator and an avid world traveler. She has been at Chhandika for eight plus years and training under its Artistic Director Gretchen Hayden-senior most disciple of late Pandit Chitresh Das, and the Co-Director Anjali Nath. A member of its Performance Ensemble, she is committed to educating the community and next generation on the art form of Kathak. She has been performing throughout the greater Boston area at museums, festivals, schools and community events. She is also the Director of Outreach at Chhandika and Director for Creative Development at sandeepdas.com.
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!
Anjali was fantastic. I have had so much positive feedback on her performance. Everyone was so interested and impressed!
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!
Thank you for yesterday. You surpassed our expectations. Keeping an audience of 3-6 year-olds engaged is not easy and you did it masterfully!
Please pass along our sincerest gratitude to Anjali! Everything about the presentation was perfect-the pacing and weaving in and out of dancing, storytelling, music-making was awesome! The result was full engagement from the students!
What an incredible event! A huge thanks to Anjali and Young Audiences of Massachusetts for making this virtual field trip possible, and for supporting our students with meaningful artistic experiences. It was inspiring to see students engaged in yesterday's activities and participating in the opportunities for discussion.