ABOUT AISHEE GANGULY

Aishee was born in Kolkata to a Bengali family, where music, art and dance formed an essential part of growing up. Her natural aptitude and flair of dance was recognized as a toddler. Her love towards music and movement, along with complete lack of stage-fright made her quite a performer at a very tender age.

A graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, and a Post-graduate in Education, Aishee has also pursued studies on Rabindranath Tagore and had a brief training in Indian classical music. Besides her prowess in dance, she was also academically inclined and has been a meritorious student throughout. She has been a participant and winner in several dance competitions from her school days.

Aishee initially started learning Contemporary styles of dance, before being initiated to Odissi at the age of 9, under Mrs Meghna Guha Majumdar, daughter of renowned Odissi danseuse and social worker, Smt Alokananda Roy.

She has also trained extensively under Dr. Kaberi Sen, student of Odissi exponent Aloka Kanungo and was associated with Smt Debamitra Sengupta, student of Guru Sutapa Talukdar. She has also attended workshops conducted by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra. She trained in Rabindra Nritya under Smt Polly Guha, and completed Odissi examinations under Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh with distinction.

A passionate performer, known for her grace and salient stage presence, has performed both as a soloist and as a prominent troupe member extensively in India and abroad. Her performances have often received rave reviews from various connoisseurs and the press. As a teacher, she is a known to be a strict taskmaster and yet a caring and fun-loving person.

She has recently visited 9 cities in Canada and British Columbia as a Cultural Ambassador under the Ministry of External Affairs, India for a series of performances and a workshop at Montreal.

Her various performances in India include prestigious festivals such as the Mukteshwara Festival in Bhubaneshwar, Uday Shankar Festival, Dance Drama Festival, Independence Day and Rabindra Jayanti celebrations under the I&CA Department of West Bengal Government, Puri Beach Festival under the Government of Orissa, Digha Beach Festival under the Government of West Bengal, Rath Yatra Festivals organized by Utkala and Shree Jagannath Seva Parishad, Gundica Festival organized by ISKCON Kolkata, ICCR Horizon Series, Odissi Festival organized by the Odissi Forum of Kolkata, Odissi performance at Indian Institute of Science (IISC, Bangalore), Remembering Tagore at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in Kolkata, Guest performance on Tagore at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre and many other eminent state festivals. She has been part of a very special performance on the warship INS Gharial, supported by the Chief Minister of Bengal, followed by a performance at the Indian Naval Base of Visakhapatnam.

Aishee has also appeared on national television such as Doordarshan, Zee Bangla, Star Jalsha and regional Assamese and Oriya Channels. She has also appeared in various TVCs and International music videos on Rabindrasangeet, Nazrulgeeti and Assamese folk songs.

Besides being a proficient performer, Aishee has also been associated with Alipore Central Jail and Women’s Correctional Home in Kolkata as a Dance and Movement Therapist.

As a dance teacher, she also played a pivotal role to the Oriya community of Khidderpore, Kolkata, during her association with Shree Jagannath Seva Parishad.

She has also visited 6 cities in the state of Rajasthan, India for a series of lecture-demonstration, workshops and performances under SPIC-MACAY.

After a 5 year-stint at Advertising, she presently works at Garden High School, a premier educational institution in Kolkata, both as an academic faculty and a cultural arts associate.

She is currently refining her style and pursuing advanced techniques in Odissi under Shri Subikash Mukherjee, a prominent disciple of Guru Ratikant Mohapatra and Guru Kumkum Mohanty. Shri Subikash Mukherjee is a recipient of the GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA YUVA PRATIBHA SAMMAN, along with various other respectable accolades for preserving the true style of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.