Rina began her study of Kathak under internationally renowned Kathak master and guru, Pandit Chitresh Das in 2000.
Since joining the Chitresh Das Dance Company shortly after, she has performed in Pancha Jati, Shabd, and Sita Haran. She has received the Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant and twice been nominated for an Isodara Duncan Dance Award for Company performance as part of the Chitresh Das Dance Company. She has performed at such prestigious venues/festivals nationally and in India as REDCAT, Meany Hall for Performing Arts (University of Washington), the World Festival of Sacred Music, the National Center for Performing Arts in Mumbai, and the Shaniwarwada Dance Festival in Pune.
Rina is founder and director of Chhandam’s newest branch in Los Angeles, California and Executive Producer of UPAJ, a documentary on Pt. Chitresh Das’ groundbreaking collaboration with tap star Jason Samuels Smith, India Jazz Suites. She holds a Master’s in Pubic Health from the University in California, Berkeley with a specialization in Women’s Health Rina is the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholars Grant to research the impact of Kathak dance education on the empowerment of marginalized girls and women in India.
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