I am a dancer and performer based in Kolkata. I started learning dance professionally in 2014 at Buoyant Performing Arts. From then onwards there was no turning back . I have done many residencies & workshops with national & international artists including Dam Van Huynh, Diya Naidu, Dalija Acin, Kendra Carson, Janet Reed and Nicole Lam among others.
I performed my first contemporary piece ‘Human Ways ‘ choreographed by Saurabh Surekha for DBF 2015. In the next edition, in DBF 2017, I was a part of residency with Dam Van Huynh. It was a great learning experience, where I got to learn how to create different movements not only with my body but also using different elements around us. I was also in of DBF 2019 performances, where I was a part of a piece WRECK – List of Extinct Species by Pietro Marullo, recreated with local artists in Kolkata.
I have been one of the key performers for ‘Into the Daydreaming’, a very special choreographic piece for babies and toddlers aged 3-15 months and their care givers . The piece was conceptualized and created by very well known choreographer Dalija Acin Thelander from Sweden (2018). I also performed in Strange fruit, by Satakshi Nandy which is inspired by the poem of the same name, written by Abel Meeropol.
The pandemic really helped many dancers to work on their passion and get better at what they are doing. It really helped me to push my boundaries, to think beyond my imagination, to work on my movement. Currently I am working on my piece called ‘ STUTTER ‘ that talks about the my journey of stammering from child hood till now. These are the questions I ask myself –
What happens when you are not heard and avoided?
What occurs when people think stammering is a disability?
What do you do when you are scared to talk and express?
What if people make faces at you when you speak?
These are questions I am asking to myself as someone who stammers.
(Subsequent to the completion of this essay,the piece was presented at Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards 2022)