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Chhandam Camp

The Chhandam School of Kathak is one of the world’s largest classical Indian dance institutions in the world and is dedicated to the education, promotion, and preservation of Indian art and culture. Chhandam, founded by guru Pandit Chitresh Das, teaches knowledge and discipline through the art of kathak. Combining tayari (technique, speed, and endurance), laykari (rhythmic virtuosity), khoobsurti  (gracefulness of movement), and nazakat (sophisticated subtlety), students learn history, philosophy and India’s mathematical rhythmic system.

Chhandam instructors have extensive teaching experience and are the highest caliber of kathak artists, trained directly by Pandit Das in the traditional guru-shishya parampara.

The summer camp offers a phenomenal opportunity for children ages 6-12 to be immersed in the joy of kathak and Das’ prestigious training technique in a fun and interactive environment.

Curriculum will include: kathak dance technique; North Indian classical music; cultural context; arts and crafts.
Monday-Friday, July 12-16, and/or July 26-30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mission Dance  & Performing Arts,42068 Osgood Road, Fremont. (415) 333-9000.

ART Excel

In today’s increasingly competitive, stressful and busy world, the ART Excel (All Round Training in Excellence) program gives children the tools to succeed. A comprehensive and dynamic program, the program teaches youngsters vital skills, such as leadership, goal setting and life direction, dealing with emotions, and stress management.

Through games, fun processes and special techniques children learn how to increase mental clarity and concentration, release negative behavioral patterns, and retain emotional balance in frustrating situations. Parents of children attending ART Excel have seen their children improve grades, engage better socially, gain cooperation skills, increase sense of responsibility and respect for self and others. Organized by the Art of Living Foundation.

June 2-6, in Fremont; June 12-15, in San Jose; and July 5-10 in Milpitas/Sunnyvale/Palo Alto. (510) 456-5121.

Conversation Hindi

Conversation Hindi camps provide a fun, safe, and interactive environment to foster the learn Hindi. When in the right environment, Hindi is easy to learn.

For those who have yet to learn to read and write, this camp will remove the initial barrier to speak Hindi. The camp is designed to nurture the young child’s enthusiasm to speak Hindi, as well as to help the children improve their previous Hindi speaking skills. Children are assigned to small groups that function independently based on their ability, allowing the teacher to customize the plays, activities, and games. The camp uses unique methods, tools, and activities to support the natural learning process. Each group will get the opportunity of enacting out a couple of plays. Designed for children in grade K-8.

Multiple locations and dates. 9 a.m.-4pm, extended care 4 p.m.-5 p.m. (650)  

India Community Center

The India Community Center will offer a multitude of camps this year, during its seventh annuals summer youth programs. Among the camps will be Bollywood dance, cultural immersion, Hindi, crafts, BollyHop, Vedic math, Gandhi camp, chess, robotics, and much more. ICC provides all this in a safe and secture environment with a professional staff, teen counselors, and many hands-on activities.

June 14-Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with extended care till 6 p.m. Locations: 525 Los Coches Drive, Milpitas; 3981 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; and Gandhi Camp at Vedanta Retreat, Olema. (408) 934-1130.

Samskrita Bharati

Samskrita Bharati will hold two Samskritam of camps this summer.

The Prajnaa Youth Camp, designed for youths 12-19, will teach Samskritam in a fun-filled and interactive way. No prior knowledge of Samskritam or Devanagari is required.

The second camp, Panini Summer Camp for Kids, is for children in grades 3rd-7th. No prior knowledge of Samskritam or Devanagari is required. Children will be engaged in various activities such as learning yoga, Samskritam, arts and crafts, and more.

Prajnaa Youth Camp: June 20-25. Point Bonita, Sausalito. (408) 515-6286, (650) 391-5553. Register:

Panini Summer Camp: July 19-July 23. Ortega Park, Sunnyvale. (408) 431-9214.