is one of the few artists who have a strong academic
background. She is a Fulbright and Smithsonian
scholar, with an M.A. in Dance from the University of
Michigan. She was not content with learning Odissi
only, and, to understand Indian dance, she took
training in Manipuri, Mayurbhanj Chhau and Seriakella
Chhau forms, too. Abhinaya is her strength,
and she performs Odissi without altering even an iota
of its form or style.
left-handed artiste, along with being a performer,
wants to contribute towards improving the
appreciation and understanding of Indian dance.
has written scholarly articles, held hundreds of
lecture-demonstrations, and performed in
universities, schools, museums and art centres,
besides teaching as a visiting professor at
universities in the USA.