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Sushmita Banerjee (dancer)

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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.

Educational Background

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
  • Teaching

    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.

    Awards and Honours

    Sushmita Banerjee has been honored with

  • Emeritus 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
  • References

    Sushmita Banerjee (dancer) Wikipedia

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