Achievement - Nazrul Samman Award Yuva Pratibha Samaan 2013


Born on March 7, 1979 in the industrial town of Durgapur in West Bengal early interest in performing arts impressed parents Mrs Anita Devi Biswas and Shri Birendra Kumar Biswas who sent me to Shri Nirmal Nag 1n 1988 for formal training in Kathak dance. The creative dance style of ‘Rabindra Nath Tagore’ known as Rabindra Nritya was learnt from Shri Kartik Saha. The success of early performances at the local functions inspired me to explore the dance forms further under the able guidance of my able gurus.

Advance Training

Joined the National Institute of Kathak Dance at New Delhi in the year 1998 to be trained under the tutelage of the world renowned Pandit Rajendra Kumar Gangani of the Jaipur Gharana. This training was supported by a scholarship from Kathak Kendra, Delhi from 1998 to 1999, followed by another scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India. Degrees of Sangeet Visharad from Nikhil Bharat Sangeet Samiti, Kolkata and Nritya Visharad from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad were obtained in 1997 and 2002 respectively. I took training at Kathak Kendra from 1998-2003 in vocal classical from Irin Roychoudhury, pakhawaj from Pandit Ram Kishore Das, yoga from Nisha Mahajan and Shankar Apte.

Journey ahead

The dance training inculcated in me a sense of blending the natural abhinay with paran, kavitt, thumri, pad and gatnikas to improvise better performances. The search for excellence and aesthetics of the Kathak dance form took me to various veterans like Padmashree Shovana Narayan, Padmashree Uma Sharma, and Pandit Rajendra Kumar Gangani.

Extensively researched, choreographed dance ballets were produced and presented on the works of Ravindra Nath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Mahadevi Verma, Krishna Basu, Kavi Jaidev and Jallaluddin Rumi.

Public awareness about environmental issues like Climate Change through the medium of dance is my current passion. A dance ballet entitled Vasundhara was presented at the India Habitat Centre in June 2008 for the benefit of general public. In September 2008, the performance was shown to the students of the Indira Gandhi National Open University by live telecast throughout India.