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India Jazz Suites
Photo: Marty Sohl
India Jazz Suites
Featuring Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith


November 8 & 9, 8 p.m.
November 10, 2 p.m.
Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA
Co-presented with The NOCCA Institute

In an unique East-meets-West collaboration, India Jazz Suites is a phenomenal partnership between India’s foremost Kathak dance master Pandit Chitresh Das and Emmy-award winning tap star Jason Samuels Smith. The undeniable chemistry between these two master artists is charming, humorous and fun. Live music accompaniment from three classical Indian musicians and a stellar jazz trio drives this innovative program. The result is high entertainment that crosses all boundaries of age, race and culture — a blast of incredible speed and power, grace and beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy of dance. Voice of Dance raves “alone, they’re captivating. Together, they're magic."

"India Jazz Suites was nothing short of magnificent. Das and Smith...burn up the stage together with their epic and wholly original mash-up.”—The Dartmouth






Special Free screening of the award-winning film
UPAJ: Improvise
November 5, 7:30 pm
Freda Lupin Memorial Hall, NOCCA
Plus a discussion with Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith following the film

(Doors open at 7:00 pm. Seating is general admission.)

This award-winning documentary film, Upaj: Improvise, takes you behind the scenes of the birth and journey of India Jazz Suites with the 68-year old Chitresh Das and the 32-year old Jason Samuel Smith. Shot backstage and on the pulsating streets of India, New Jersey and San Francisco, the film captures the exhilaration and magic of these extraordinary artists on tour and offers a kaleidoscopic view of Indian history, culture and tradition. Their magical journey together and unique friendship will resonate deep in every heart and soul.

Both of them traditionalists, both of them innovators, they brought the house down.-Dance View Times


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