Started learning Kathak dance at a very tender age. She was initially trained in Lucknow gharana under the guidance of Guru Bandana Sen for 8 years. After that she joined Padatik Dance Centre started training of Kathak in Lucknow gharana under Pt. Vijai Shankar. Later she took lessons from Pt. Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen. She was worked with many dancers and choreographers of international repute like Pt. Birju Maharajji, Saswati Sen Pt. Vijai Shankar, Smt, Rani Karnaa, Smt,. Kumudini Lakhia, Sara Pearson and others. She is an empanelled Artiste of ICCR and received National Scholarship in Kolkata from Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India. She has performed at major festivals in India and abroad. To name some of such festivals – Kathakutsav (New Delhi), Buddha Mahotsav by U.P.Tourism, All India Music Conference by Prayag Sangeet Samiti (Allahabad(, Dover Lane Music and Dance Festival (Kolkata). She has performed in Holland with Pt. Birju Maharaj. Also Toshali Sand Festival in Bhubaneshwar and Chidambaram Natyanjali. She has a number of choreographies to her credit. Just to mention some of them are “Chuti Chuti” and “Chaitra Aabasan” for Kolkata Doordarshan. Sushmita is the founder of her own Kathak dance organization “Stuti Centre for Dance” where she not only trains the disciples but also maintains the system of Guru Sishya parampara.
the further development & expansion of Kathak. Here the students learn only to dance but also the intricacies of a relationship between the guru, mentor & the shishya, disciple.
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