Toronto Tabla Ensemble and M-DO/Chhandam Dance Company teach Saturday classes in BRAMPTON for TABLA and KATHAK Beginning October 2012.
Ritesh Das, Artistic Director of the internationally recognized Toronto Tabla Ensemble
Joanna de Souza, Artistic Director of M-DO/Chhandam Dance Company invite you to attend an Open House on Thursday September 27 at 6 pm.
Join us for a full performance and participate in sample classes. Location: Homestead Public School, 99 Fletchers Creek Blvd, Brampton
Hosted by: Homestead P.S. Principle: Ms. Eva Norman
Since 1988, Ritesh Das has been training some of Canada’s finest tabla players through our Toronto Tabla Ensemble institution. As a disciple of Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, the leading exponent of the Lucknow Gharana, Ritesh’s teaching approach gives students a deep knowledge of this North Indian tabla tradition. Innovative classes help students develop their unique musicality, give opportunity to study at an advanced level, and be part of the professional program through the performance band, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Youth Ensemble.
Canadian born Joanna de Souza began her life-long study of kathak under Pandit Chitresh Das in 1978, and under his guidance, in the traditional one-on-one, guru- shisha-param-para context, she received knowledge in all aspects of Kathak dance performance, theoretical understanding and teachers training.
During a two-year study period in Kolkata India, living with her Guru’s parents Nrityacharya Prohlad Das and Smt, Nilima Das, Joanna received her Masters Degree in kathak dance through the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad India and studied sarangi with Pt. Ram Nath Misra, father of the famed New York based sarangi master Pt. Ramesh Misra. Her return to Canada, and establishing M-DO/ Chhandam Dance Company, was fuelled by the intent to establish the art form here from her unique perspective as an informed, contemporary, non South Asian, classical Indian dancer.
Heading up a team of dedicated teachers, Ritesh Das and Joanna de Souza continue their commitment to community and arts education, through these on-going classes in tabla and kathak. With goals to both increase personal knowledge in the performing arts of North India and facilitate performance opportunities, they will mentor Youth Ensembles for tabla and dance.