The Chhandam School of Kathak has a new name! We are now Leela Institute of Kathak.

Since 2017, Chhandam has operated in close partnership with its affiliate organizations - Leela Academy in Los Angeles, Sureela Academy in Denver, and the Leela Initiative in New York. Our work together has become a truly global initiative to uplift and connect individuals and communities through dance. It has opened up possibilities and amplified impact, making it emphatically clear that we are stronger and better as one truly global initiative. So, in 2021 we are bringing all four affiliates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and New York, under one mission and brand – the Leela Institute of Kathak, with a collective approach to carry forward the teachings of Pandit Chitresh Das into the future.

Our work entails three arms: Leela Dance Collective - our professional touring company, Leela Academy - our training and education centers, and Leela Foundation - our vision to build a sustainable financial infrastructure for Indian art. We can’t wait to continue our work together to advance Indian classical dance.

We are excited to continue to bring kathak classes at the highest excellence throughout the Bay Area! For class info and registration for our virtual spring session, contact: sanfrancisco@leela.dance.

Stay tuned for our new website coming this month and more exciting updates!