I started dancing when I was four, thanks to the foresight of my mother who believed that I had something in me which needed to be nurtured. I do not remember too much of my early years except that I used to be in class practising, when everybody else was outside playing.
I started learning with my Guru, Madhumita Raut when I was thirteen. I was fortunate to also have the privilege of getting trained under the keen and expert guidance of Guru Mayadhar Raut. Training under such a legendary Guru has been a life changing experience for me. Apart from my art, I also learned the arts of discipline, patience and perseverance. Studying in the Guru shishya parampara, gave me unique insights into the subtleties of my Guru’s thoughts, the nuances of his style and the immense heritage that I was being groomed to carry forward.
Over the last two decades I have received the greatest gift of my life from my Gurus. They have shown me the purpose of my existence. Over the years, over toil and sweat, tears and pain, my guru has patiently nurtured and cultivated in me another link in the tradition of the Mayadhar Raut Paddhati (Gharana) of Odissi.
I am currently pursuing a masters in Teaching Dance from the Royal academy of Dance in London.
I am a million different things to people in this world. I am a daughter, a wife, a mother. I play many roles and live many responsibilities. But above all of these and more than all of these I am a dancer.