Sushmita Banerjee is a Kathak exponent, choreographer and dance researcher from India. Sushmita has been under the guidance of Pandit Vijay Shankar and Shrimati Maya Chatterjee briefly learned from Pandit Birju Maharaj.
She is a graded artiste of Doordarshan and is an empanelled artiste of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Sushmita has revived the Katha Shaili of Kathak under the able guidance of Padma Vibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj. She was featured in Swarthmore college professor Pallibi Chakrevorty's book, "Bells of Change" for her contribution to Kathak and Indian classical dance.
Sushmita Banerjee (dancer) Wikipedia
Sushmita graduated with a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loreto College in Kolkata. She also went on to receive her master's degree in English Literature from Calcutta University.
Sushmita has performed in major festivals all over India and the world. She was invited by UNESCO to present her choreographic works in Tokyo in 2007. She had visited Japan previously in 1992 - 1993 to present Kathak in its original richness and complex form. Sushmita has performed in other international cultural venues such as:Rietburg Museum, Zurich
Ubersee Museum, Bremen
Belgrade Television, Belgrade
Vasanta Utsav, Erstwhile U.S.S.R
Windows of the world, Beijing
Festival of India, Bangkok
Nehru Center, London
I.C.C.R Tours, Muscat
Ramayana conference, Trinidad and Tobago
U.C. Berkeley and UCLA, Berkeley and Los Angeles
Kansas State University, Manhattan
Ramayan conference, Durban
Bali Arts Festival, Bali
Sushmita Banerjee's gurukul in Kolkata welcomes students from different parts of the world such as Germany, Kuwait, Switzerland, Russia, Spain and Holland. Sushmita along with her students from Geneva's Ateliers d' Ethnomusicologie have staged several productions in Geneva and Kerala. Sushmita recently started The Kerala Gharana, a platform for learning, teaching and sharing of Indian dance and culture. Sushmita is also closely associated with cultural organisation, SPICMACAY. She conducts workshops around India in educational institutions like schools and universities. Her association with SPICMACAY has enabled her to work with gifted children from all around India.
Sushmita Banerjee has been honored withEmeritus Fellowship - Ministry of Culture & Human Resources, Government of India
Sringarmani Award - Sur Sringar Sansad,Mumbai
Arya Natya Samaj - West Bengal
Nritya Sadhana Puraskar - Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrutik Sangh, Pune