Chitresh Das (San Rafael) collaborating with 3rd i Films (San Francisco)
Award: $40,000 Performing Arts Grant awarded in 2014
Premiering: September 27 and 28, 2014
3rd i Films is collaborating with Pandit Chitresh Das to create a film element for his collaboration Yatra: Journey from India to Spain with flamenco artist Antonio Hidalgo Paz. Filmmaker Alka Raghuram and videographer Kathleen Dargis, associated with 3rd i, will work closely with Pandit Das and Paz to explore historic roots between kathak and flamenco and then integrate multi-media segments throughout the live performance.
Pandit Chitresh Das is one of today’s leading master kathak artists—a performer and creative force who composes and choreographs his own work and develops works for the Chitresh Das Dance Company. He participates in innovative collaborations that lead to new work, and he presents and trains dancers in the rigors of the traditional kathak solo. Antonio Hidalgo Paz, performs and co-produces performances with various leading flamenco companies—as well as his own company—and frequently appears on international television.
3rd i Films links local and international South Asian media and performance artists with Bay Area audiences, and promotes interactions within the region’s diverse South Asian communities. Its primary activity is organizing the annual SF International South Asian Film Festival. Yatra: Journey from India to Spain is premiering in late September 2014 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco.