The California Gharana takes us back in India’s history – a time when music, dance, theater and poetry flourished in the opulent courts of the Muslim and Hindu maharajas. This Indo-Islamic syncretic culture was at its heights with the arts leading the way for a rich and enduring exchange between Hindu and Islamic traditions.
Today the progenitors of this dance culture live all across the world from India to California. California Gharana unites -Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas and Shefali Jain- disciples of the late legendary artist and guru, Pandit Chitresh Das. Percussive feet, articulate hand gestures and dramatic movements create a performance that is a living connection between many different eras and worlds.
Rina Mehta (California Gharana)