Paromita Kar Odissi Dancer Profile
Paromita Kar
Odissi
Paromita Kar Odissi Dancer Profile

Paromita Kar is an Indian classical Odissi dancer and the first to complete a PhD degree in Dance Studies in Canada (York University, Toronto). She is a student of Guru Durgacharan Ranbir of Orissa, India, training in the discipline of the Debaprasad Das style of Odissi dance, a history and theorization of which formed the subject of her doctoral research work at York University. She has performed in Canada, India and the United States.



She is the recipient of the Lawrence Heisey Award for Fine Arts (York University, 2009) and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Fine Arts Fellowship (2011-2012) for further training and research in Odissi dance. In addition to classical Indian dance, she is also a member of the Saucy Tarts, a Toronto-based nouveau can-can troupe which performs frequently across Toronto and Montreal, Ekakshara Dance Creations, which performs traditional and contemporary South Asian dance work as well as Bollywood, and Dilan Dance Company, which performs traditional and contemporary dances from Turkey, Middle East and Central Asia.

Paromita can also be seen pursuing Dance Administration and Arts Administration adventures. She works as Artistic Administrator at Dilan Dance Company, has recently completed an eight-week summer position as Ontario Culture Days Assistant, and also pursued a Dance Education Internship at Ballet Jörgen Canada.

While performing actively, Paromita is also passionately involved with dance scholarship. She has presented her research at conferences such as the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) at Berkeley, California, CERIS Metropolitan Conference, and Recombinant Creativity Conference at OCAD in Toronto. She has also been published variously in international dance publications.

Contact Details and Biodata
Paromita Kar
Toronto
Canada
647-461-9876
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