Sutapa Talukdar





Kelucharan Mahapatra, Padmabhushan brought out the artiste in her, guiding and molding her to place her amongst the front ranking performers of Odissi. Today, critics and connoisseurs the world over acclaim her. Her performance reminds one of the grace and beauty of temple sculptures, while its lyrical qualities are akin to a poem. A rewarding experience indeed!

Sutapa has taken part in all prestigious dance festivals of India. Ellora, Konarak, Dover Lane Music Conference, Khajuraho, Elephanta as well as several others. Under aegis of Sanskritiki, London, she has performed all over England & Scotland in 1984 and 1986. In 1987, she went on tour to USA, Canada and several European countries. In 1994, she performed in Indonesia. She was awarded the title ‘Sringarmani’ by Sur Sringar Samsad, Bombay. She has adjudged several dance competitions organized by the West Bengal Sangeet Academy. She has conducted workshops in various districts of West Bengal, held by the Academy and also at Houston (USA). She participates regularly in programmes held by Zonal Cultural Centre of Govt. Of India. She appears frequently on Doordarshan (T.V.), in their regional and National Network dance programmes.

In between, Sutapa stays busy training aspiring dancers at ‘Gurukul’, a school founded by her at Calcutta in 1987. She is presently working to explore the immense possibilities of Odissi through her choreographic ideas.