In The Community
Rachna is a senior instructor and Director of the Chhandam School of Kathak, one of the largest classical Indian dance institutions in the world. She oversees the operations of over 500 students, 15 teachers, and 9 locations in California. She has been an instrumental leader in building the Chhandam School into a premiere academy and in implementing such programs as annual examinations, children’s summer camp, leadership training, and teacher certification. Today, Chhandam is a cornerstone cultural and educational center for students to study and learn about the rich history, philosophy, etiquette, and rhythmical mathematics of India through the art of Kathak.
Following in the footsteps of her Guruji, Rachna believes in the concept of seva (service to society). By utilizing the dance as a medium to reach and uplift the community, she can continuously evolve, learn and begin to realize the true meaning of the dance. As such, she is humbled to have the opportunity to be involved in grassroots outreach activities – performing lecture demonstrations and teaching master classes at such places as the Conservatory School of the Arts in South Miami-Dade County in Florida, after-school programs in Hayward, California, residencies at Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin and Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts in Arizona, and teaching children of sex-workers with New Light Foundation in Kolkata, India.