Debamitra Sengupta, internationally acclaimed Odissi exponent, a senior disciple of Late Padmavibhushan Guru Kelu Charan Mahapatra, has been appreciated both as a performer and choreographer in the field of classical Odissi dance in the country and
abroad for the last three decades.
She had also honed her skills under the able guidance of Late Padmashree Sanjukta Panigrahi and Smt. Sutapa Talukdar.
Debamitra is an ‘A’ Grade Doordarshan Artist, empanelled artist of ICCR – Ministry of External Affairs, empanelled artist of EZCC – Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, and Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, recipient of Production Grant from Ministry of Culture, Government of India, enlisted artist under Spic Macay and blessed to have been bestowed with the honour of 'Aasthana Vidushi' from the 33rd Acharya of Shakatapuram, Shrividya Peetam, Karnataka for her characteristic soulful renditions.
Besides performing in several prestigious programs all over India, Debamitra presented Odissi recital in prominent places of North America (Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, New York & Washington D.C.) and her group choreographies at recent tours to Myanmar (under Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India) and Bangladesh (under Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India) enthralled distinguished audiences all along with raving reviews from the press/media.
Debamitra is also well known for grooming new talents, teaching is indeed her forte. Debamitra is the founder director of her Odissi dance institution ‘Kolkata Mayur Lalit Dance Academy’ (since November 1, 2004) where she imparts lessons on techniques and nuances of this sublime Odissi dance form to hundreds of students including the underprivileged ones. Debamitra is also into various social activities, she is the Dance Teacher and Counsellor at the Alipore Correctional Home for Women & Children, Kolkata looking after physical and mental well being of the inmates and their children over there.
Her keen interest in choreography has led her to experiment with unique forms like Padabali Kirtan, Sanskrit Epics, Classics from Bengali Literature, Rabindra Sahitya – thus she created innovative movements and choreographed several fascinating productions
in Odissi Style like – Raas Lila, Meghnad Badh, Chitrangada, Shyama, Shapmochan, Shakti Roop, Hridi Brindabaney, Meghdootam, Padmaavati, Draupadi which are widely applauded.
Debamitra has received Production Grants from Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India for her unique choreography of Odissi Dance Ballet ‘Raas Lila’ based on Padabali Kirtan and Tagore Dance Drama - ‘Shyama’ composed innovatively in Odissi Style.
Being a natural dancer, Debamitra used to enact the scenes of the ‘Ramayana’ and the ‘Mahabharata’ at the tender age of 5 while her grand-parents read out the epics to her. She needed no music, an inherent sense of rhythm helped her to express herself through her limbs spontaneously and vividly even at that age.
For decades now she mastered in this art form, received detailed training in the field of Chhou, Yoga, Mime and Classical dances of India. She treasures her association with the famous Gurus and Performers of India who groomed her body, mind and soul.
The creativity she inherited naturally was nurtured by her practice and researches helped her to compose and choreograph over the subjects which are attractive, appealing both aesthetically and spiritually.
Her keen interest in choreography has led her to experiment with unique forms like Padabali Kirtan, Classics from Bengali and Sanskrit Literature, Rabindra Sahitya, – thus she created innovative movements and choreographed several fascinating productions in Odissi Style like – ‘Raas Lila’, ‘Meghnad Badh’, ‘Chitrangada’, ‘Shyama’, ‘Shapmochan’, ‘Biswa Bhara Pran’, ‘Hridi Brindabaney’, ‘Meghdootam’ which are being widely applauded in India and Abroad.
21 year old Nayanika has shown proficiency, both, in her Academics and the art of Odissi dance. She came off with flying colours in her first Board Exam (ICSE) attaining 1st Position among the Ashok Hall Group of Schools with 96.6%. Presently a Graduate in Microbiology Hons. from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. She is a promising Odissi dancer, being groomed under the watchful eyes of her Mother for the last 15 years, Nayanika has made her presence felt as a striking performer. She travels extensively with her mother performing in prestigious programmes/festivals all over India and places abroad. Besides the prominent National venues, Nayanika’s performances in Seattle, Myanmar, Bangladesh have won her rich accolades from the connoisseurs and press/media.