Lineage and Training

"My teaching begins with the tradition that was taught to me by my Guruji" -Pt.Das.

Pandit Das with his Guruji


Pandit Chitresh Das deeply believed in the tradition of Guru-Shishya Parampara, and invested 45 years to train many generations of disciples.
From Guruji:
"The Guru-Shishya Parampara is an ancient tradition which is rapidly evolving as the world we live in changes. What is a guru in modern times? In my experience guru has the greatest responsibility. Guru is one that removes darkness.  But times are different now. So what is guru nowadays? And in this modern day, how does a guru pass on his or her tradition in a way that enables the shishya to both maintain tradition and evolve?"
How has this tradition emerged into the 21st century?
  • Thakur Prasadji pioneered the Lucknow gharana of Kathak
  • Thakur Prasadji's nephews, Binda Din Maharaj and Kalka Prasad all excelled in the study of Kathak.
  • Binda Din's three nephews, Achhan, Lacchu and Shambhu Maharaj, were also renowned artists and accomplished Kathak dancers.
  • Achhan Maharaj and Shambhu Maharaj, had many disciples studying under them including Ram Narayan Misra and Prohlad Das.
  • Ram Narayan Misra, Kathak maestro was the Guru of Pandit Chitresh Das
  • Thakur Prasad
  • Binda Din Maharaj
  • Kalka Prasad
  • Achhan Maharaj
  • Lacchu Maharaj
  • Shambhu Maharaj
  • Ram Narayan Misra
  • Prohlad Das
 
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