Chitresh Das Institute & Alka Raghumram

Program Area(s)
Grantee NameChitresh Das Institute
Address16 Havelock Street
San Francisco CA, 94112
United States

Alka Raghuram and Chitresh Das Institute will create a live dance, music, and multimedia work and a short dance film illuminating the intersecting mythology and pollution of India’s sacred Jamuna and Ganges rivers. Many traditional kathak compositions are set thousands of years ago, such as Jamunake Tuta Para, a Kavita (poem) that depicts Krishna dancing on the banks of the Jamuna river, one of India’s most holy sites. Yet today, the Jamuna is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. Filmmaker Raghuram will work with choreographer, Charlotte Moraga and the kathak dancers of Chitresh Das Institute, classical Indian musician and composer Utsav Lal, and other musicians to create a performance based on a contemporary story using traditional, classical forms and also a dance film that can reach wider audiences.

Grant Amount$45000
Project Dates10/01/21 - 06/30/23
Serving United States/California/San Francisco/San Francisco

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