Vishnu Tattva Das
Vishnu Tattva Das began his training in dance with Smt. Jhelum Paranjape in Mumbai, India and subsequently studied with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. He is the founder-director of Odissi Vilas: Sacred Dance of India.
Uma Dogra is the senior most disciple of the Late Pt. Durga Lal, exponent of the Jaipur gharana of kathak. She has also studied Hindustani vocal music under her father Pt. Motiram Sharma, a renowned sitar player. She is founder and director of the Samved Society For Performing Arts, established in 1990 in Mumbai in the memory of Pt. Durga Lal.
Gretchen Hayden is a senior disciple of Pt. Chitresh Das. She began her kathak training in 1972 and became a principal soloist with the Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC) at its inception in 1980. In 1987 Ms. Hayden was presented with a Senior Degree in Kathak Dance from the Nritya Bharati Academy in Kolkata, founded by Pt. Das’ parents in 1942.
Rasika Kumar is the daughter and student of Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director of Abhinaya Dance Company. She began studying at the early age of four and performed her arangetram in 1996. Additionally, Rasika has studied abhinaya with Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan for several years and has trained under Sri C.V Chandrasekar. She is the principal dancer and choreographer for the Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose.
Shila Mehta has undergone her training in kathak under Late Nrityacharya Prahlad Das, Pt. Vijay Shankar and Pt. Birju Maharaj. Though kathak is her primary art form, she is also known for her work in presenting Gujurat’s folks traditions through kathak. She is the Artistic Director of the Nupur Zankar Academy of Performing Arts Center in Mumbai, India.
Niharika Mohanty received her initial training in odissi dance with Guru Murali Dhar Majii, Guru Pankaj Charan Das, Ananda Radha, and Dr. Menaka Thakkar and later became the disciple of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She and Sujata Mohapatra, have started Guru Shradha based in San Francisco, CA.
Jyoti Rout came to the United States in 1993 and founded Jyoti Kala Mandir. She is actively performing throughout the United States, in India and internationally. She is deeply committed to passing on the torch of odissi dance.
Vidhya Subramanium trained in the traditional Vazhuvoor style from Guru Sri S.K. Rajarathnam and Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan. She founded her own bharatanatyam company and school, Lasya, in 1990 in Cupertino, CA.
Kalanjali was founded by the Kunhiramans in 1975. Kalanjali’s performances include the rarely seen Kathakali dance-drama style with full authentic costumes, Bharatanatyam dances set for solo as well as group productions, and many of India’s rich variety of regional folk dances.
Anjali Center for Performing Arts
Anjali Center for Performing Arts was founded by dancer, teacher, choreographer and author, Rathna Kumar and was the first Indian dance school in Texas, established in 1975. Today the center offers classes in several styles of classical Indian dance as well as classical Indian music.
Sindhu Ravuri got her training in Kuchipudi from Padmabhushans Raja Radha Reddy who resides in New Delhi, India. She became the first Kuchipudi Performer and the youngest Soloist in the 30 year history of San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in 2008.
The Ali Akbar College of Music Youth Tabla Ensemble is under the direction of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. Assisting Pt. Chaudhuri with the Ensemble is Jim Santi Owen. Members of the Ensemble also serve as Members of The San Francisco World Music Festival’s Youth Music Initiative
Chhandam Youth Dance Company
Chhandam Youth Dance Company (CYDC), established in 2002, is the pre-professional youth dance company of the Chhandam School of Kathak. They train under the direct tutelage of Pandit Chitresh Das and Youth Company Director, Charlotte Moraga.
The Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance (Chhandika) is a non-profit organization dedicated to kathak dance. Based in Massachusetts, Chhandika is affiliated with the Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Company in San Francisco, California, as well as the Nritya Bharati Institute in Kolkata, India.