Bringing our own mix of stage, TV, radio, and
public speaking experience to our dance sessions
for adults and children, we encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to dance, offering Indian
Bollywood, semi-classical, Bhangra and other Folk dance classes,
at the Menomonee
and the Old Town School of Folk Music
Click here to enroll in dance classes.
Our performances have been featured in the media
on WGN-9, ABC-7, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times -- as well as TV Asia, India Tribune and India Abroad. We've performed
at Chicago's Navy Pier, the Chicago Cultural Center, and at countless events and festivals around town. Chitrahar has also
taught at schools across the Chicago area, including the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Oak Park-River Forest High
School, and Vernon Hills High School.
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.