Darlene Dhillon, senior student of the late Pt. Chitresh Das began her Kathak training in 1999 at San Francisco State University in Pt. Das’ accredited course and was a teacher at the Chhandam School of Kathak from 2005-2017. She performed most recently in July, 2019 at the Boris Goldmund artist compound in San Francisco, CA. In 2016 she performed in Pt. Das's final work, SHIVA at Cal Performances at UC Berkeley. She has toured in such CDDC productions as Darbar, Sita Haran, and she's performed frequently in San Francisco Bay Area schools as part of Chhandam's arts education program. Darlene views the art of Kathak as a vehicle towards healing, self-actualization, and empowerment.