The Chhandam Youth Dance Company (CYDC) is an elite pre-professional troupe, ages 8-18, who have received rigorous training by the late Pandit Chitresh Das and his senior disciples. Currently under the tutelage of Youth Company Artistic Director Rachna Nivas, and Mentors Joanna Meinl and Ahana Mukherjee, CYDC is the only pre-professional kathak youth dance company and leadership program outside of India where students perform at prestigious festivals and venues.
CYDC has performed at San Francisco Symphony Hall twice, the 30th Anniversary of the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, at San Francisco City Hall and at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, India. The Chhandam Youth Company has toured to Chicago, Los Angeles and will be touring to Toronto, ON Canada in September 2015. Members are also advocates and rising young leaders in the arts - they participate in mentorship programs, community events and services, and in raising the profile of Kathak and classical Indian art.