About Nilanjana Banerjee
She took a short hiatus from active dance performances
but her learning continued as she matured. She learnt Bharatnatyam for a
few years at Bhatkhande Hindustani Sangeet Mahavidhalaya. On relocating to
New Jersey, she continued her quest for learning Odissi and started
training with Smt. Mitra Purkayastha, a leading disciple of the noted Guru
Padmasri Murlidhar Majhi. Being an accomplished dancer and choreographer,
Mitra was able to further enhance Nilanjana's dance skills. Nilanjana was
now ready to give her own interpretation of Odissi with the maturity and
finesse necessary for this task. Mere technical perfection and faultless
execution of dance steps were never enough for her. Her body and soul were
one when she now performed.
the past decade Nilanjana has performed as a soloist at major festivals and
conventions all over the U.S.
She wishes to bring the same dedication to her
teaching. Nilanjana firmly believes that dance is an art form where instruction is not just handed down to
the disciple. The teacher is a guiding light and she illuminates the path
as the pupil takes her own tentative steps towards a lifelong journey.
"There is no other
knowledge, no other learning, no other art, not even yoga or action that is
not found in dance." Natya