In 1996, Poushali opened her own institution, Nandanik
Manipuri Dance Academy, where she teaches her students the various styles of
Manipuri Dance - Rasleela, Cholom, Thang-ta and Mridang playing - according to
the scientific system of training devised by Guru Bipin Singh. Nandanik has
already produced fine dancers, many of whom have received scholarships and
degrees from Pracheen Kala Kendra, as well as Shringarmoni titles from Sur
Singar Samsad, Mumbai. The performing troupe of Nandanik has already toured
extensively and given successful performances.
Choreographies by Poushali:-
Poushali has choreographed a number of dance dramas, the
chief among them being Krishnaleela, Rabindranath Tagore's 'Kalmrigaya' and
Maharshi Bhagyachandra, a dance drama based on the life of the pioneer of
Manipuri Dance. Her study of English literature and awareness of developments
around the world have fuelled her interest in contemporary choreography. In
2003, she presented her first contemporary production Sama - The Harmony of
Life, a fusion of Manipuri and Odissi that explores the rhythms of life and
dwells on how these rhythms are being broken by an increasingly intolerant and
violent world order. Poushali has also choreographed Agni - The Life Force,
which delineates the many moods of fire, from the nurturing to the destructive.
Recently she presented 'Icche - Shei to Bhangche, Shei to Gorche', a dance
drama based on one of Rabindranath Tagore's short stories, which deals with the
discontentment of human beings with what they have and their constant yearning
for what they don't have. Poushali's last production 'Patakatha - A Story of
Evolution' traces the history of the Potuas, a group of painters-cum-musicians
from rural Bengal whose art is under threat from modern forms of entertainment.
At present, Poushali gives performances, while teaching and
choreographing as well. She has recently finished a two-year a research project
on the similarities and differences between Hindustani, Karnataka and Manipuri
Tala and Music with a fellowship from the Government of India.