Anjali 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 and dazzling to watch.
Anjali Nath is a disciple of renowned Kathak maestro, Pandit Chitresh Das and was a member of the Chitresh Das Dance Company (CDDC) based in the San Francisco Bay Area for 8 years. During this time Anjali also became a senior instructor and head of the San Jose, CA Branch of the Chhandam School, teaching 65 of the school's 500+ students. She also served as director of the School for a brief period in 2007.
Anjali recently returned to the Boston area and is supporting Chhandika, a Chhandam affiliate, as a school branch director of one of three branch locations, a senior instructor, and coordinator of the Chhandika Youth Ensemble. Anjali coordinates outreach activities for the students and the organization and performs regularly. In 2013, Anjali also joined the artist roster of the Young Audiences of Massachusetts performing extensively throughout MA for school children and engaging these young audiences in the vast world of Kathak dance.
In 1997, 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, while at Tufts University. Anjali relocated to the Bay Area and joined CDDC in 2003 performing in various community arts education programs, several award-winning company productions and 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, Birla Sabhagar in Kolkata, Bangalore Club, at the Shaniwar Wada Festival of Pune, and several International Kathak Festivals. In addition to solo performances Anjali has been featured in signature CDDC performances such as "Shabd", featuring Pt. Das' innovative technique of Kathak Yoga, and played the lead as Sita in "Sita Haran" and "Ramayana."
Anjali holds a Masters in Public Health from Boston University and a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University. She has passionately pursued her career in Kathak and public health simultaneously for over 14 years working with communities to improve policies and programs and engaging youth in leadership and activities to improve self-esteem and overall health and well-being.
Anjali has a love for performing and teaching. She believes in the art as a vehicle to uplift and serve society and as a path to self-awareness available to everyone. As an artist and teacher Anjali strives to highlight the relevance, universality, and overall benefits of the multi-faceted art of Kathak regardless of age, gender or culture.
"Freedom comes from refined discipline, with responsibility." ~Pandit Chitresh Das
Activities & Acknowledgements
· Nominee, Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, 2009 – CDDC for Shabd, choreographed by Pandit Chitresh Das
· Official Voting Member, San Francisco's legislated Arts Task Force (2007 to Present)
· Young Audiences Artist in Residency, Markham Elementary School in Hayward, CA (Spring 2007)