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.

Her return to Toronto fuelled the desire to establish kathak dance training and creation, informed by her experience as a non-South Asian classically trained dancer.

She established CHHANDAM Dance Company in 2003, and with company members, creates new work for kathak, that deeply respects tradition and has a present-day sensibility.