Sharmila Mukerjee Odissi Exponent Profile
Sharmila Mukerjee
Sharmila Mukerjee  Odissi Exponent Profile

Sharmila Mukerjee made her debut in 1982 as "Prakriti" in Rabindranath Tagore's dance ballet "Chandalika" which was staged in Kolkata during the poet's birth anniversary celebrations. However, it was the grace and lyrical beauty of Odissi that attracted Sharmila to this dance form and in 1984, she began her lessons in Odissi under the guidance of Smt. Poushali Mukherjee in Kolkata. Thereafter, she continued her rigorous and intensive training, under the tutelage of Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Kolkata. Since then, she has participated in many productions, choreographed and directed by Guruji, all over India. She also took lessons in Odissi from Smt. Sharmila Biswas and attended workshops by Smt. Sanjukta Panigrahi.

Sharmila's diligence and grace soon captured the attention of critics and connoisseurs of dance, leading her to establish herself as one of the finest exponents of Odissi in India. Having won the title of Singar Mani from the Sur Singar Samsad (Mumbai), she is also a Grade A artist of Doordarshan and an Established artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She taught Odissi at Calcutta School of Music and took an active part in the administration of the dance wing in the institute as Secretary of the Indian Music Section.

She taught dance and movement therapy at The Oral School for Deaf Children (Kolkata) and Sheila Kothwala Institute for Deaf (Bangalore) and has choreographed and directed many productions with hearing impaired children in both the cities.

After moving to Bangalore, Sharmila established her own institute - Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance, where she continues to train many students while keeping busy with performances of herself and her group.

Some of her performances in India

Kal Ke Kalakar Sangeet Sammelan, Mumbai 1988

Dover Lane Music Conference, Kolkata 1989

Jhankar Music Conference, Kolkata 1990

Youth Festival, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Thiruvananthapuram 1993

Salt Lake Music Conference, Kolkata 1996

Vrindavan Festival, Uttar Pradesh 1998

Uday Shankar Dance Festival, Kolkata 1999, 2002

Deccan Festival, Hyderabad 2002

India International Centre, New Delhi 2003

IRCEN, New Delhi 2005

Pallovutsav, Mysore 2005

Kinkini Festival, Bangalore 2006

Damaru Mahotsav, Bangalore 2006

Brahmotsav, Iskcon Temple, Bangalore 2006

Swaralaya Festival, Palakkad, Kerala 2006

Arudhra Festival, Bangalore 2006

Uday Shankar Ballet and Dance Festival, Jaipur 2007

Thalam Festival, Thrissur, Kerala 2007

Soorya Festival, Thiruvananthapuram 2007

Mysore Dasara, Mysore 2007

India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2009

Natyanjali Festival, Kumbakonam & Thanjavur, 2010

Choreographed and directed Tagore's ballet "Chitrangada" in Odissi style for Sangeet Natak Akademi's Festival of Dance Dramas, Hyderabad 2011

Choreographed and directed Tagore's ballet "Chandalika" for International Dance Alliance 2012, Bangalore 2012

Sai Nrityotsav National Dance Festival, Bangalore 2012

MAHA MAYA, birth centenary celebrations of Prof U.S Krishna Rao, Bangalore 2013

Performances abroad

Italy, 1997

U.S.A, on a scholarship to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2000

Fiji, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, ICCR Tour, 2003

Turkey, ICCR tour as part of a trio representing Odissi with Bharatnatyam and Kathak, 2004

Dubai, sponsored by the Indian consulate, 2006

Indonesia, at the sixth Riau Contemporary Dance Mart, 2008

Asia, Pacific International Dance Conference 2011, Kuala Lampur, 2011

Contact Details and Biodata
Sharmila Mukerjee
No. 3
4th Main
K.R Garden
Bangalore 560017 (India)
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