Thursday, December 4, 2008

EWSOD Anniversary Program

“NATYADHARMA” -- A Non Profit Organization
on the occasion of 27th anniversary of EAST-WEST SCHOOL OF DANCE

We request the pleasure of your company to witness
the cultural program directed by Guruji Pandit. S.N. Charka
and certificate awarding ceremony
on Saturday, December 13th, 2008 at 3:00pm.
Saraswati Hall
Hindu Temple Society of North America
45-57 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY 11355
For directions please visit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Presents the Ramayana

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has asked Pt. Charka & the East-West School of Dance to present the Ramayana at the Met as part of its Diwali celebrations! We look forward to seeing you at this prestigious event.
Saturday, October 11th, 2008 @ 6:30pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
1000 Fifth Avenue @ 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028
Free with Museum Admission
Also, come out and show your support for the School at this year's Diwali Mela at the South Street Seaport on Sunday, October 5th. It's sure to be a fun afternoon with great performances, food, music, and...fireworks!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mid-Summer Update

It's been a busy summer so far for the East-West School.
Pt. Charka and his family, accompanied by students Kavita Tajeshwar and Anisha Muni, enjoyed a short trip to California in June, and were honored to present a program for the 35th anniversary of the Yoga Society of San Francisco. Some highlights below, courtesy of Marcelo and Robert.

Kathak students had a special treat this June--the legendary Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj visited New York as part of his tour of the U.S, celebrating a lifetime in dance, and his 70th year. He was accompanied by the very talented Saswati Sen and Mahua Shankar. The image below is from a private event hosted by Tamarind Art.

Following this, Kavita Tajeshwar and Anisha Muni performed for Akhil Vishwa Hindi Samiti for their annual convention held in New York.

2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY. As part of the anniversary festivities, the East-West School has had the opportunity to present Kathak at the July 4th celebration as well as the annual Ramayana. Glimpses from the July 4th program below.

Ashni and Shivani Dave opened the presentation with an invocation, followed by a thumri and ghazal.

Anisha Muni presented technical items from the Kathak repertoire.

Pt. Charka offered a rare treat for the audience--a spontaneous experimental item.

Finally, a hearty congratulations to Ashni & Shivani Dave and their family on the occasion of their Rang Manch Pravesh on 7/26!
Upcoming Events:
7/28 - 8/1 Kathak Camp
8/16 Babaji's Birthday Celebration
8/23 Krishna Leela dance-drama