SCIENCE MEETS DANCE
Jishna Ganguly performed her first solo Kuchipudi recital Kuchipudi Nrithya Sambhavana in Kolkata, where she was born and learned to dance on 18 January, Satyajit Ray Auditorium( ICCR). Her guru, Mrinalini Sadananda who lives in USA grace D the occasion with her presence. To support her performance, musicians came from all over India, special mention to Aditya Anukula, son of Guru Kala Ratna Smt. A.B.BalaKondala Rao who will be playing Nattuyangam for her, Anand Hari from Bangalore to play mridangam, Durba Singha Roy Chowdhury as a vocalist , Violin: Nataraj Radha Krishnan and Flute: Rupak Mukherjee.
Jishna Ganguly is a trained Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi dancer. Currently, she is training under Mrinalini Sadananda who herself is a very talented disciple of Padma Bhushan Vempati Chinna Satyam.
Jishna grew up in Kolkata, WB and started learning dance(Bharatnatyam) at the age of three years from Shilpi Baruri(disciple of Padmasree Chitra Visheswaran) and there was no stopping after that. Over the course of time, she took Bharatnatyam training from Girija Murali, Venkit Kalalayam, Anita Mallick while pursuing her engineering in Kolkata. Besides learning classical dance form she received training in creative dance style from Jharna Dutta who was a direct disciple of Uday Shankar. She has performed in many prestigious stages in Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Delhi. Her first abroad journey was to attend a call show organized by British Council in London,UK. Once she moved to Chennai for her job she got introduced to kuchipudi and immediately fell in love with it.
She started her training in Kuchipudi Art academy under Smt. Srimayi Vempati.Although dance is her passion , she aspired to become a scientist by profession . During summer of 2015 she received acceptance from a graduate school in the United States of America with full scholarship and she set off on a new journey. However dance has been her only constant from one country to another. Soon enough she got introduced to guru Mrinalini Sadananda who welcomed her with open arms. While on one hand she finished her Masters in Cell and Microbiology and started working as a vaccine scientist in one of the world’s largest vaccine company GlaxoSmithKline she never gave up on dancing. Or it can be said that Mrinalini aunty never gave up on her. In a few years she learnt many advanced kuchipudi items, performed in many prestigious events including North America Bengali Convention,2019.