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Sharmila Mukherjee

Odissi dancer

Sharmila Mukherjee
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Singarmani Sharmila Mukharjee 

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.

Sharmila Mukerjee 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.

Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance (Bengaluru) was established in 2004 by Sharmila Mukerjee. This dance institute provides a complete education in the Odissi dance form-the technique, the skills, the tradition, the sadhana and the fulfillment. This institute primarily provides training in the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra style of Odissi. The students of this institute are given a platform to showcase their skills in the dance form and encouraged to perform in various prestigious festivals and programs.

The performing wing of Sanjali Center for Odissi Dance specializes in thematic Odissi presentations, which display the lyrical and graceful quality of this dance form. This group is committed to promote Odissi dance all over the world by performing different choreographic productions and also by teaching and conducting lecture demonstrations and workshops on Odissi, under the guidance and leadership of Sharmila Mukerjee.

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Sharmila Mukherjee performing in group dance.
Sharmila Mukherjee performing in group dance.
Sharmila Mukherjee
Sharmila Mukherjee
Sharmila Mukherjee
Sharmila Mukherjee
Group dance by Sharmila Mukherjee.
Group dance by Sharmila Mukherjee.
Duet by   Sharmila Mukherjee.
Duet by Sharmila Mukherjee.
Group dance by Sharmila Mukherjee
Group dance by Sharmila Mukherjee
   Career
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.

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

You Tube links:
Sanjali Center for Odissi Dance-Video1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU4KaeVOqA4

Sanjali Center for Odissi Dance-Video2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4dxgV7C0-8

Sanjali Center for Odissi Dance-Video3:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDOu50t76rU

video Link 1 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25GTmS7GedM

video Link 2 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D37LNR3L-ks

video Link 3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrtDG3um_qY

video Link 4 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjTiS-blj4A

video Link 5 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hw-idfyU1c

video Link 6 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuLAHkr4Hmc


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Sharmila Mukherjee presents Odissi dance performance

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.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.
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