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A Guru's Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Sarah Morelli


This book provides the first ethnographic examination into the life of and the community formed around Pandit Chitresh Das, one of India’s most dynamic, outspoken, and captivating dancers. Born in Calcutta in 1944, Pandit Das immigrated to the United States in 1970 and was instrumental in establishing kathak, an Indian classical dance form, in the States. This work examines issues that arose in teaching, learning, and performing kathak in the United States over forty-five years. As a teacher, how does one transmit cultural and dance knowledge to culturally diverse groups of students? Within an ... More

Keywords: Pandit Chitresh Das, Immigrated, kathak, Indian classical dance, United States, artistic diaspora, multicultural, ethnographic study, transmission, dance culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042867
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Morelli, author
University of Denver