Guided by the vision and philosophy of Pandit Chitresh Das, classes at CDI teach the fundamentals of classical training taught with a focus on refined technique, expression and rhythmic understanding, as well as cultural knowledge and history.  All teachers are highly experienced, dedicated and studied directly under Pandit Chitresh Das. 

Tabla is taught by Nilan Chaudhuri, a disciple of the great tabla Maestro Swapan Chaudhuri.

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Chitresh Das Institute
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum age requirement to learn classical Indian dance?
At Chitresh Das Institute, minimum age requirement is 6 years.

I would like to try out a class first before enrolling? Is there a trial class?
You are welcome to try out a class for $30.00. Please click on to register for a trial class

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What is the typical duration for a class?
Our beginning classes last for one hour. As a student advances in her/his study then classes are 1.5 hours long. Students are encouraged to enroll for multiple classes per week as they progress in their study.

What is your rate per class?
Tuition is to be paid in full at the beginning of the semester. Tuition for any given semester is number of weeks in the semester x rate.

$28 per hour for one hour class
$42 per 1.5 hours for 1.5 hours class

Tuition is prorated for new students if they join mid-semester.

Discount for multiple family members taking dance classes or a student taking multiple classes:
For 2 classes per week: 15% off total tuition
For 3 classes per week: 20% off total tuition
For 4 classes per week: 25% off total tuition

For University Students: 15% off total tuition with a valid id. ID to be photographed/scanned and emailed to

Note: The above discount options do not apply to Youth Company members

Which class should I register for?

We require all students to start at Intro level regardless of prior training. Style and foundation vary from gharana to gharana so we do require new students to begin at the Intro level.  Students advance to the next level of study based on an ongoing assessment by their instructor and end of semester exams.

How do I enroll for classes?
Registration is open for new students. Please follow the steps below to create an account -

Step 1. Create an account using our Chitresh Das Institute/Online Registration.

Step 2. Click on "Start Here" for New User in the Login box on the right to create an account for adult/parent/guardian first. Complete the form, create username, password and submit.

Step 3. For Parents - Click on My Account, scroll down to add a contact if you have a child that you are planning to register.

Step 4. Search for programs/classes by clicking on Search at the top of the page.

  • Select Semester, click on Search, optionally you can select for location as well.

  • Look for classes and click on Register

  • Select student(s) and click on Register before you search for another class

Step 5. Click on Check out. Review for accuracy and continue with checkout.

What should I wear for the dance or tabla class?
Salwaar kameez or kurta pajama, dupatta/stole is optional
Salwaar or pajama:  Leggings or pants that cover ankles are required.
Kameez or kurta: Tunic or top that is knee length with short or long sleeves rather than sleeveless
Hair: Hair must be tied back neatly in a bun or braid. Short hair must be pinned and kept away from the face.
Shoes: Shoes are never to be worn inside the studio. Before entering the dance space, remove shoes. We share space with other dance communities so please keep your shoes away from the door and neatly in rows and in a designated space.

What is your policy for a missed dance classes?
If you do miss a class, you can make up a class at other locations of Chitresh Das Institute within in the semester. Check in with your instructor for the options you may have.

Will I need ghungroo for dance classes?
Receiving ghungroo is an important milestone in the study of Kathak dance at Chitresh Das Institute. In order to earn their ghungroo, students must demonstrate proficiency in the required prerequisite curriculum. The conferring of ghungroo takes place in a traditional ghungroo ceremony.  

How many performance opportunities will I get?
We have annual school show in May-June period and students with minimum of 6 months of study are encouraged to participate.