Debamitra Sengupta has been appreciated both as a performer and choreographer in the field of classical Odissi dance in the country and abroad for the last 18 years.
She is blessed to groom her talents under the tutelage of Padmabibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, Padmashree Smt. Sanjukta Panigrahi and SmtSutapa Talukdar.
Debamitra is a graded artist of Doordarshan, Kolkata, EZCC and Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.
Besides performing in several prestigious programs all over India, Debamitra presented Odissi recital in prominent places of North America (San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, New York & Washington D.C.) and enthralled distinguished audiences all along.
Debamitra is also well known for grooming new talents, teaching is indeed her forte. Debamitra is the founder director of her dance academy 'Kolkata Mayur Lalit Dance Academy' where she imparts lessons on Odissi and contemporary styles to a large number of vibrant students. Since March 2007 a branch of Kolkata Mayur Lalit is running successfully in Alipurduar, North Bengal.
|Debamitra as a Choreographer -|
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 Literature, Rabindra Sahitya – thus she created innovative movements and choreographed several fascinating productions which were widely applauded.
Some of her significant productions that have earned rave reviews :
1. Odissi Dance Ballet based on Padabali Kirtan : RAAS LILA.
Uniqueness of this dance ballet is innovative composition of Odissi dance on Padabali Kirtan.
Based on Padabali Kirtan showing the joyous mood where the Gopinis dance with Krishna in a moonlit night of autumn beside the river Yamuna. In a traditional Kirtan style the dance drama begins with ‘Gourchandrika’, an invocation to Sri Chaitanya dev and ends with ‘Maatan’ where all the ‘bhaktas’ enter the stage in a Sankirtan style with Khol, mandira and flowers. ‘Sringar rasa’, the love for Krishna melts into devotion between man and the almighty.
Duration: 50 mins
2. Rabindrik Dance Drama in Odissi : ‘Chitrangada’, innovatively composed bi-laterally on Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore’s creations, the drama (natak) – Chitrangada along with the dance drama(geeti-natya) – Chitrangada.
The presentation has been designed to render a two-dimensional flavour of the chastity of pure Indian Classical dance as well as the indigenous Rabindrikflavour.
(Very recently this sublime production by Debamitra has been duly recognized by a MNC cd/dvd house and ‘Chitrangada’ was released all over India in the form of vcd/dvd by them).
Duration : 60 mins.
3. Solo Odissi Dance Drama – ‘Meghnad Badh’, based on Michael Madhusudan Dutta’s ‘Meghnad Badh Kabya’. Exquisite dance choreography by Debamitra on eloquent recitation against a vibrant music backdrop recreates a treasured experience.
Duration : 20 mins