FEATURE ARTIST

Global Rasika is proud to launch the “Feature Artist,” initiative an effort to support dedicated and talented Odissi dancers by providing a virtual platform to showcase their abilities. It is our goal to highlight and support such artists and make their journey as a dancer a little easier. We are eager to provide them with global visibility and accessibility, which will help them transcend, (at least partly), the barriers of geography, language, network and finance.

Global Rasika is proud to feature Kolkata-based artist ARGHA CHATTERJEE as our featured artiste for our April 2018 issue.

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Photo Courtesy: Ashoke Banike

 

Argha Chatterjee is an Odissi dancer of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra  gharana  who has been undergoing training under Guru Smt. Sujata Mohapatra at SRJAN in Bhubaneswar.

Argha began his formal training in dance in the Tanjavore style of Bharatanatyam Under Guru Acharya Anusuya Banerjee at Nrittakshetra. After a decade of study, he was initiated into Odissi dance; first in the Gotipua style under the Late Guru Shri Muralidhar  Madjhi, and then later  from Guru  Smt .Sutapa Talukdar at Gurukul  Dance Academy. He was further groomed and nurtured by Guru Smt. Kakali Bose in Kolkata. He has been continuing his training and refinement under Guru Smt. Sujata Mohapatra in Bhubaneswar. A dedicated student seeking to further enhance his abilities as an artist, Argha has continued to supplement his studies in dance by attending workshops by renowned artistes in the field: He is fortunate enough to have attended the workshops of Padmashri. Smt. Chitra Visweswaran, Padmashri  Late Guru  Shri Gangadhar  Pradhan, Guru Bichitrananda Swain,  and Guru Shri Ratikant Mohapatra. He also attended seminars of Late Shri. Dhiren Pattanaik at Rabindra Bharati University.

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Photo Courtesy: Ashoke Banike

Academically, Argha has completed his Post- graduation in Fine Arts fromRabindra Bharati University in Kolkota, where he received the second position in the entire school, and securing the highest marks in the field of Odissi. He recently completed his Master’s degree in English from Kolkota University.

Argha is a recipient of the National Scholarship awarded by the theMinistry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India both in Bharatanatyam (2005) and Odissi (2009-2011).He has also been awarded a “B Grade “ from Prasar Bharati, Dooradarshan, Kolkata (Sept 2013). Argha has received several awards and honours for his excellence in dance to include: 1stposition in Rajya Sangeet Odissi dance competition (2008-2009), Sanjukta Panigrahi Memorial Award by Aurobindo Ashram, the Parampara Award by the Odissi Dancer’s Forum in Kolkota (2010), and the 1stposition at the Doverlane Dance Competition organized by the Dover Lane Music Conference (2011) He has also received the UGC Scholarshop from Rabindra Bharati University, and the Gold Medal from Pracheen Kalakendra, Chandigarth, for securing the highest marks in the Odissi Visharad exam (2010).

Argha has performed widely throughout India in various programmes and festivals throughout India, both as a soloist and as part of Guru Smt. Sujata Mohapatra’s group ensemble. He has also performed with a number of renowned dancers to include: Guru Smt. Aloka Kanungo, Guru Smt. Sutapa  Talukdar, and Guru Smt. Nandini Ghoshal .

Argha has also toured South America and Canada with the USA-based dance company Surati Performing Arts. Apart from his study and performances, he is also involved with a local NGO providing Odissi classes to orphaned children.  

Argha is also a dedicated and meticulous teacher. Besides assisting his Guru Smt. Sujata Mohapatra in her workshops and classes in India and abroad, he is also a regular visiting instructor at the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company in Toronto, as well as the Bangalore-based Sanjali Centre for Odishi Dance. 

 

ARGHA CHATTERJEE REEL [Video Courtesy Ashoke Banike]:

 

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ARGHA CHATTERJEE:
Address: 362/D Mohendra Banerjee Road,
Behala Goragachha,Kolkata,
Paschimbango:700060.INDIA
Email: arghachttrj@gmail.com
Phone/WhatsApp: (011 91) 9830627472

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