CA Nupur Dance Academy headlines the SF Presidio Picnic Indian Cultural Dance Day on Sept. 23


Grab your picnic blanket and join us at Presidio Picnic, considered San Francisco’s biggest community picnic on September 23 starting at 11 am, as we celebrate with a day of family-friendly activities, international cuisine, and entertainment. The day includes regional Indian dance performances at 12 pm and 2pm by California Nupur Dance Academy, founded in 2006 by its artistic director, Dipanwita Sengupta. Choreographer of the performances is legendary Kathak maestro, Nrityashiromoni Guru Bandana Sen, while Coordination and Costume Designer is Nrityavilash Suchandra Banerjee – both from Kolkata, India.

The academy teaches children and adults the beauty of KATHAK, an Indian classical dance. It currently teaches more than 250 students who will showcase the stunning color and intricate grace of Indian dance. Kathak is one of the six classical dances of India. The word katha, which comes from the Sanskrit meaning story or tale, can be traced back to Vedic times.

Dipanwita Sengupta, artistic director of CA Nupur Dance Academy will be performing with their students at the Presidio Picnic Indian Cultural Dance Day on Sept. 23. (Ravi Shekar Photography)

Meantime, DUM Truck will serve fresh Indian soul food classics such as chicken biryani, paneer kati rolls and mango lassis, and will do a special dish especially for this event: Chicken Tikka Masala with roasted mustard seed quinoa.

The Sunday celebration from 11 am – 4pm is part of the Presidio Picnic’s Cultural Dance Series which celebrates a different culture each month by showcasing ethnic dance, and highlighting international cuisine. Come gather with community, and stay to discover all that the Presidio has to offer. Presidio Picnics also offers a complimentary bike valet, lawn games, 40+ food trucks, and fun for all ages! Presidio Picnic is presented by the Presidio Trust in a partnership with Off the Grid.

Getting Here: Presidio Main Parade Ground, Sheridan Ave., San Francisco / For GPS: Presidio Visitor Center – 210 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94129. Get to the Presidio on the free PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle or public transit. For additional info: www.presidio.gov/presidio-picnic or call 415-561-4323