It was also the time of the Civil Rights movement. Naturally there were some cultural obstacles, while there were also cultural exchanges going on! How has your experience been to study an Indian classical artform as someone who grew up in the US? Consumed with it, you might say! Added to this are the numerous stellar Indian music artists that we’ve had the great fortune to work with and who have become part of our musical family. Elements that I was less at ease with? I was a principle dancer with the Chitresh Das Dance Company (based in California) during the late 1970s through early 1990s. Taking a step back in time—when I was sixteen, a friend gave me a book by J. Krishnamurti called, and something resonated deeply, although I didn’t analyze this at the time. I had never seen kathak before walking into the class being taught by the young Chitresh Das at the, and Chitresh saying “The Divine within me greets The Divine within you.”  This sentiment went straight to my heart and melted any barriers I may have felt to trying to do a “foreign” dance form. This was the springboard for the birth of the CDDC. Your request has been received. The vision of Pandit Chitresh Das was always to strengthen the relationship between music and dance – what has been your experience collaborating with musicians? Gretchen Hayden. We who teach often discuss best practices, and how to be in concert with the times. Summary: Gretchen Hayden is 57 years old today because Gretchen's birthday is on 01/14/1963. How to reach the mountain top? Through the intense training, practice and performing we tapped into our individual feminine-energy strengths. As a well established kathak dancer, what is it like to look back on your experiences of kathak? Describe the role that your organization plays in the local community. I expect that there may be just a few who become artists in the true sense of the word. I can’t recall exactly what the first class was like, although do know it made me happy, uplifted and exhausted. Menu. Being white/western has presented some challenges of its own of course. I was 21 when I entered class with Chitresh Das, who was such a young man of 27. As a teacher, I am always growing and learning. And sometimes you don’t want to. Subscribers to the Boston Globe get unlimited access to our archives. Our Story; The Wedding; Other Events; Wedding Party; Guest … by https://heroes.fandom.com/wiki/Gretchen_Berg?oldid=25107. Established in 2002, her school Chhandika (Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance) is a vigorous non-profit organization, offering classes and outreach programs in the greater Boston area. We have a wide circle of wonderful musician friends, from a wide variety of musical traditions. First and foremost, I was a student. Ms. Hayden has dedicated the last twenty-eight years to fostering kathak in New England. Chhandam Chitresh Das Dance Co. owe a great deal to her! (Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance) is a vigorous non-profit organization, offering classes and outreach programs in the greater Boston area. Throughout this time, they had the support of the AACM staff (comprised mostly of Khansahib’s advanced students). Which years were you active with the CDDC? NOW is a different time. I also enjoy the challenge and the possibilities presented by adapting this dance to suit different settings. Every week. And I felt another universe open before me. A strong, hard-working woman with much wisdom to offer. To step into the AACM building was to cross the threshold into another world. At the end of the week they had to return the building back to its girl scout camp form. Gretchen Berg is the roommate of Claire in college, after Annie was pushed out of a window and killed by Becky. Today there is a good amount of “when can I perform?” before the process of serious study is undertaken. Who will be true solo artists? You have exceeded your document request limit for today. Bells shimmied and rattled. Throughout this time, they had the support of the AACM staff (comprised mostly of Khansahib’s advanced students). Many of these “westerners” spent time in India studying under the great masters at that era. Gretchen married Lloyd Hayden. I assisted Michel Zonka during the time when she was running the school. (Subcribe to view) Consumed with it, you might say! Director of Athletics781.283.2017, Brian KuscherPhysical Education781.283.2014, Copyright © Trustees of Wellesley College   |   Wellesley College 106 Central Street – Wellesley, MA 02481 (781) 283-1000, Physical Education, Recreation, Athletics. Our lineage of kathak emphasizes a very deep study of kathak, including physical readiness, rhythmic facility, beauty, delicacy, understanding of hindustani music theory, Indian philosophy and culture, and storytelling. Extremely with a capital E! Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. As the saying goes, “give it your all!”  Stay as true and honest as you can. I believe it also helped counter-balance my dreamy and introverted nature. Who are going to be the gurus? We both recognized the teachings being given to us to be the treasure they are—pure gold, so to speak! I do believe in these inner voices that often might not make sense immediately, but if we pay attention to our deeper selves, we receive our own inner-guru guidance along the way. Gretchen Berg After an adventurous youth as the daughter of a Hollywood star, Gretchen Hayden has found her grounding passion in Indian dance By Megan Tench Globe Staff / December 1, 2007 He helped establish the AACM in the late 1960’s. It was an unlikely but captivating orchestra. Don’t fall into the pitfall of “mutual admiration society!” (guruji’s words) often resulting in mediocrity. Chhandika an offshoot of the Chhandam institution in California and is affiliated with the Nritya Bharati Institute in Kolkata, India. (Full article: 1547 words). Gretchen Hayden-Ruckert Physical Education Instructor, Dance Teacher, performer, and choreographer of classical Indian kathak dance; founder and artistic director of Chhandika Institute of Kathak. And abhinaya continues to be challenging, while being one of my favorite aspects of his art. Books and teachings by spiritual masters were circulating amongst some of my friends and me—including Meher Baba’s. And during those years, they saw to it that there was a proper space for the kathak classes—at one point going so far as to build the dance floor themselves, by hand, in a small shopping plaza. Bells shimmied and rattled. First – just to add that I do see others who emphasize this idea of deep study also. Although the location of the college often had to relocate, the AACM managed to maintain an office, classrooms and a thriving music store. I don’t know what was at play, to have brought my guru and myself into this connection together in this lifetime and kathak. This, along with their other jobs and music classes and practice. We who teach often discuss best practices, and how to be in concert with the times. I enjoyed the discipline and intensity of the class experience. Gretchen is related to Kenneth Ian Lieb and Jaime M Sowers as well as 3 additional people. Becky, Samuel's "niece" killed Claire's first roommate Annie, by pushing her out a window, and now tried to kill Gretchen twice while on their "scavenger hunt", but both times Claire saves her. He lived and breathed the dance every moment of every day. She is an internationally recognized performer and teacher of kathak dance, and is senior-most disciple of the renowned master and guru, The Legend of St. Lucy, The Story of Dymphna. At one point I think we all were faltering and questioning, along the lines of  “…but how can we (white women) portray these revered Indian characters …?”  The sharp reply was something along the lines of “That’s just your Ego speaking… study/learn… trust… research…!”  Implied in those words was simply the directive, as well as a vote of confidence—to not over-think; to dive in fully, do the work, do one’s best. Each growing, evolving, and transforming in our own ways. From its origins in ancient India to its dramatic emergence on today's international stage, kathak maintains a unique blend of the traditions and … Chhandika also brings kathak into local schools and community settings through outreach programs, fostering personal development, and cultural exploration through workshops and performance-demonstrations. It's possible that this is a what if future. These artists played a vital role in this new gharana being established and have made great sacrifices towards the preservation and advancement of North Indian classical dance and music. Chhandika: Chhandam Institute of Kathak Dance. I was extremely shy about singing, and certainly did not take as much advantage of my time being in AACM classes with Khansahib as I might have (sigh). We took turns clearing the room (if needed) sweeping the floor, setting up the rug where guruji would sit—with table, water glass, often Fresh flowers and incense. Principal at Ceca INC is presently Gretchen's occupation. It was an unlikely but captivating orchestra. She is an internationally recognized performer and teacher of kathak dance, and is senior-most disciple of the renowned master and guru, Pandit Chitresh Das. View photos, directions, registry details and more at The Knot. Becky, Samuel's "niece" killed Claire's first roommate Annie, by pushing her out a window, and now tried to kill Gretchen twice while on their "scavenger hunt", but both times Claire saves her.