Joanna de Souza

Canadian born Joanna de Souza began her life-long study of kathak under Pandit Chitresh Das in 1978, and under his guidance, in the traditional one-on-one, guru-shisha-param-para context, she received knowledge in all aspects of Kathak dance performance, theoretical understanding and teachers training.

During a two-year study period in Kolkata India, living with her Guru’s parents Nrityacharya Prohlad Das and Smt, Nilima Das, Joanna received her Masters Degree in kathak dance through the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad India and studied sarangi with Pt. Ram Nath Misra, father of the famed New York based sarangi master Pt. Ramesh Misra.