Sushmita Banerjee

Director and Guru

Biography
Sushmita Banerjee is one of the most distinguished Kathak exponents in India. She started her talim at the tender age of four in the Lucknow Gharana and has matured into an artiste who has performed all over Europe, Africa, North America, South - East Asia and India. She has centers in Kolkata, Kerala and Geneva. She trained under Guru Pandit Ramnarayan Mishra, Shrimati Maya Chatterjee and Pandit Vijay Shankar. Sushmita has revived the Katha Shaili of Kathak under the tutelage of Birju Maharaj.

Choreographic Works
  • Africa - A piece based on Tagore's "Africa"
  • Abhishar - A piece based on Tagore's "Abhishar"
  • Kumarsambhavam - Written by Kalidasa, produced on request of Princess Chakri of Thailand
  • Hanuman - Adapted from the Ramayana
  • Gauhar Jaan - A tribute to the songstress, dancer entertainer par excellence

All of the above choreographic works/productions have been aided by Ministry of Culture and Human Resources

Awards
  • Emeritus Fellowship - Ministry of Clture & Human Resources
  • Sringarmani from Sur Sringar Sansad,Mumbai
  • Arya Natya Samaj - West Bengal
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