Nilanjana was initiated into dance by the Revivalist Odissi Guru Mayadhar Raut. Growing up in Delhi, she continued learning with the danseuse Aloka Paniker. She performed in several youth dance festivals and was featured as a youth artist on Indian Television Network. To get a better perspective of Indian temple dances, Nilanjana also studied Bharatnatyam at Bhatkhande Hindustani Sangeet Mahavidhyalaya. Nilanjana took a brief hiatus from active stage performances as she devoted herself to motherhood, a big milestone in her life. This experience deepened and enriched her artistic existence.
On relocating to New Jersey her passion for learning Odissi continued. She joined RDM and immersed herself into learning and mastering her art. Dance became a way of life for her and gave her the strength to strike a delicate balance between the demands of motherhood and her life as a dedicated performer. Under Guru Mitra Purkayastha’s able guidance, Nilanjana blossomed into a dancer ready to interpret Odissi with an unparalleled mature and finesse. Guru Mitra guided and mentored her every step of the way in this spiritual quest where her body and soul became one when she performed.
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”