Bringing our own mix of stage, TV, radio, and public speaking experience to our dance sessions
, we offer Indian Bollywood, Bhangra and other Folk dance classes
the Menomonee Club
and the Old
Town School of Folk Music
Click here to enroll in dance classes.
In years past, the Chitrahar has sponsored performing
artists from the subcontinent – locally hosting the Midwest's first South Asian American TV show, and presenting musical,
dance and theatrical programs with artists from Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey, to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, to Jagjit Singh,
Shabana Azmi and countless others. We covered local, national and international government officials (who often participated
in Chitrahar's hosted discussions), including President Reagan, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Mayor Richard M. Daley,
Governor Jim Edgar, Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, and local South Asian community leaders.
Corporate and non-profit leaders regularly attended our programs, where we honored outstanding members
of the South Asian diaspora, including Kalpana Chawla, Sanjay Gupta, and Indra Nooyi, as well as local youth trendsetters
and innovative business leaders from all communities.
From 1984 -
2006 we held the community's largest annual showcases of South Asian culture: the Chitrahar Night gala. This inclusive presentation
of South Asian music, food, fashion, and dance brought together youth, performers, families, cultural organizations, community
leaders, elected officials, honorees, activists and artists like no other event - to celebrate our collective accomplishments.