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Amita Dutt (Mookerjee)


Title Uday Shankar Chair Professor of Dance and Director, Performing Arts Therapy Centre, Faculty of Fine Arts
E-mail amitadutt@rediffmail.com, amitadutt@excite.com, amitadutt@gmail.com
Phone +91 9331064504, +91
Office Department of Dance, E.B. Campus, Rabindra Bharati University

One of the leading exponents of Kathak in India, Amita Dutt is Professor of Dance in the Uday Shankar Chair at the Rabindra Bharati University (from 2000) and has also been the Head of the Department of Dance (2001-2003) and the Dean of the Faculty Council of Undergraduate and Post Graduate Studies in Fine Arts (2006-2010) at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
Groomed in the strictest classical traditions under Pdt. Birju Maharaj and other leading maestros of the premier Kathak gharanas - Amita dances with a breathtaking dynamism, blending tradition and talent. Her innovative, analytic mind has also constantly encouraged her to experiment with new ideas - thus expanding the boundaries of Kathak.
Having her roots in Calcutta, Amita has performed far and wide across three continents. Among her innumerable dance recitals in prestigious dance and music festivals, mention may be made of the Khajuraho Dance Festival, the Konark Festival, Utsav Mahakaleshwar, Rajgir Mahotsav, the Biswa Banga Millennium Festival, the First South Asian Festival of SAARC Countries, the India Festival in USSR, the American Dance Festival, North American Bengali Conference, Nitya Nritya Utsav, the India Festival at Singapore entitled Incredible India @ 60, China Kunming International Culture and Tourism Festival and many more.
In addition to giving solo recitals, Amita has been experimenting with new choreographic patterns blending pure Kathak movements with popular songs and innovative themes and has staged a number of very successful choreographic productions including Durga, Chitra Jhankar, Nazrul nana Chande, Biswa Beena Robey, Bhanusingher Padavali, Geetanjali, East West Encounter, Nrityanajali, Joyodhwani, Amrapali, Dash Avatar, Varsha and Basant-Bahar.
She has given several recitals for the National Programme of Dance on Doordarshan and has popularized her dance through her performances and interviews in various television and radio channels in India and abroad including USA, Germany, Hungary and the former USSR. In an attempt to popularize and make available authentic training of Kathak all over the world, Amita has embarked on a program of teaching through the television and the web. She has been the Resource person for 36 episodes on Kathak for the University Grants Commission - Consortium for Education Communication scheme. These programs have received citations in the 19TH UGC-CEC All India Educational Video Competition held at New Delhi in Oct-Nov 2007 in the categories Best Programme in E-content and Best Presenter / Anchor Person.
Besides being an excellent dancer Amita is also a brilliant student of English Literature and a Gold Medalist of the Calcutta University. Her academic background has helped her to popularize her dance form through her prolific publications in major books and journals. Her Monograph Kathak Mahotsav has been published by the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi and her articles in encyclopedias include those in Aesthetic Theories and Forms in Indian Tradition Vol. VI (Ed.) Kapila Vatsayan & D.P.Chattopadhyaya - A Project of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture, Centre for Studies in Civilization, New Delhi, 2009 and in Vol. VI Performing Arts in Indian Culture: Encyclopaedic Survey in Eight Volumes edited by Jaikishandas Sadani, Bharatiya Vidya Mandir, Jaipur & Kolkata, 2008. She has published articles in journals of many major Universities and in a number of newspapers and journals such as special issues of The Statesman, Desh, Basumati, Nandan, Prabhat Khabar and in regular issues of Aajkaal and Bartamaan, The Hindustan Times, Sananda, Pratidin, Business Economics, Dainik Statesman, West Bengal and Paribartan.
Amita’s moving deliberations in seminars and conferences all over the world in academic conferences and other forums have helped to spread the message of her dance. The Tagore Festival at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA featured Amita as the Key-note Speaker (Tagore on Education) as well as the star performer (2004). The Peking University, Beijing, China invited her to perform on Tagore in their conference on “Understanding Tagoreâ€

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