Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Chhandika

Chhandika is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the tradition of north Indian classical dance kathak. Founded by Gretchen Hayden, a senior disciple of world renowned Kathak maestro Pandit Chitresh Das, Chhandika provides a high standard of education in kathak dance, presents high caliber, innovative performances, cultivates the next generation of artists, and provides extensive community outreach and engagement. Chhandika currently has 2 senior performing artists along with an adult ensemble of next generation dancers and a pre-professional Youth Ensemble.

ANJALI NATH

Anjali Nath is one of the most dynamic artists of a new generation of kathak soloists. Known for her swift chakkars (spins), crisp footwork and delicate abhinaya, Anjali's solo performances are rooted deeply in the kathak tradition, dazzling to watch, and deeply moving. Anjali is a disciple of renowned kathak maestro, the late Pandit Chitresh Das, and has been dancing with the Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC) since 2003. Anjali has toured extensively with the company throughout the US and India at prestigious venues and cities such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Roy and Edna Disney Cal/Arts Theater in Los Angeles, Kohler Arts Center, National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, and several International Kathak Festivals. In addition to solo performances, Anjali has performed in the critically acclaimed CDDC performances including Shiva, Shabd, and Sita Haran, where she played the lead as Sita. Anjali was introduced to the rich and vast world of Kathak dance by Gretchen Hayden, senior disciple of Pandit Das and Artistic Director of Chhandika. Anjali is now a senior artist and instructor at Chhandika, a Boston-area nonprofit dedicated to promoting and teaching kathak. Anjali is also teaching artist for the Young Audience of Massachusetts, presenting lecture demonstrations and workshops at schools across Massachusetts.

SHEFALI JAIN

Shefali Jain is an emerging force in the field of kathak. She has trained for over 15 years with Gretchen Hayden and the world renowned kathak maestro, Pandit Chitresh Das. Shefali has performed extensively as a soloist and as an apprentice of the Chitresh Das Dance Company, performing in its acclaimed productions of Sita Haran and Shiva. In 2016, Shefali co-founded the Leela Dance Collective and has performed with the collective in California Gharana (Aratani World Series, Los Angeles) and Son of the Wind (Green Music Center, San Francisco), in which she played the lead role of Sugreev. In addition to performing, Shefali is also committed to passing on the rich tradition of kathak to the next generations. She has taught kathak classes at Yale University and is now teaching at the Chhandika Institute of Kathak Dance as a senior instructor and founder and co-director of the Chhandika Youth Ensemble.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Shefali
Job Title/Position: 
Artist and Senior Teacher
Mailing Address: 
131 Woerd Ave
#2
Woburn, MA 02453
Physical Address: 
131 Woerd Ave
Woburn, MA 02453
Last Name: 
Jain
Phone: 
339-223-7245

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Traditional
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Year Founded: 
2003
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Hindi
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National