Esha Bandyopadhyay

Northeast Indian Odissi

As a participant in ACTA’s Traditional Arts Development Program in 2005, Esha Bandyopadhyay completed an intense period of study in Northeast Indian Odissi dance with her mentor Ms. Niharika Mohanty.  She learned a piece called Das Avatar, a combination of technical and expressional dance which portrays the ten incarnations of the Hindu God Vishnu.  By mastering Das Avatar, Ms. Bandyopadhyay is now able to perform what practitioners consider a full Odissi repertoire, and to perform and teach with Ms. Mohanty.