Swapnokalpa Dasgupta (Roychowdhury), an outstanding disciple of legendary Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and Guru Poushali Mukherjee, is a dancer proficient in the Odissi style of Indian classical dance. Since her early childhood she has trained under Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. She was considered by him as one of his talented disciples and an established, dedicated and devoted Odissi dancer with a sense of neat artistry and discipline. After his untimely death in 2004, Swapnokalpa started training under Guru Poushali Mukherjee. Under the tutelage of both the gurus she has mastered the art and technique of Odissi dance.
Swapnokalpa has been pursuing a professional career as a performer and teacher since last several years. She has performed in a number of prestigious venues and events in India, UK and France as a solo artist, which has earned her wide appreciation. She charms her audience with her expression and grace, combined with an excellent blend of sensuous moves and graceful foot work. In recognition of her talent and achievements, the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India awarded her the National Scholarship for Odissi dance in 2001. She was also awarded and recognized as a 'Nabin Pratibha' (New Talent) by the Paschim Banga Rajya Sangeet Academy (Directorate of Culture), Government of West Bengal State, India in 1999. In 2002, the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre of the Government of India awarded her in the Prativa Utsav (Talent Festival) organized in Kolkata (Calcutta), India for her proficiency in Odissi dance. She is currently in the panel of artists selected by the national television network of India, Doordarshan for dance and other cultural programs organized by Doordarshan (Bangla).
She has a dance school in Kolkata (Calcutta), India and is currently the Odissi dance teacher at the prestigious Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London, UK - Indian Institute for Art & Culture. Apart from conducting dance classes she regularly organises workshops in various schools and institutions in India, UK and France. She has, on various occasions, been an instructor in the Dance Appreciation Course conducted by the Paschim Banga Rajya Sangeet Academy (Directorate of Culture), Government of West Bengal State, India.
Swapnokalpa has been actively involved in working with underprivileged children of the society. She works with a charitable institute in Kolkata (Calcutta), India and regularly teaches dance to underprivileged children. Swapnokalpa is trained in Dance Movement Therapy and uses this art therapy technique to build on self-esteem, confidence and communication skills among these underprivileged children. She also performs at charitable events and programs on a regular basis.
Swapnokalpa is interested in working on preserving the centuries-old rich and diverse traditions of Indian classical dances. She wants to work on the ways and means of preserving this valuable heritage in an effective manner and disseminating this knowledge to the largest possible number of people in India and abroad, particularly the younger generation. Swapnokalpa has completed a Masters programme in Arts and Heritage Management from the London Metropolitan Business School, London, UK.
Diploma in Classical Odissi Dance (Sangeet Visharad) (1993-1998) – Pracheen Kala Kendra (Art & Culture)
Trained in Odissi Dance by legendary Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and Guru Poushali Mukerji (approximately 15 yrs).
Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Heritage Management (with merit)- London Metropolitan University Business School (2011).
Dance Movement Therapy
One year Foundation course in Dance Movement Therapy from PACE, Goldsmith College, University of London (2009).
Introduction to Dance and Movement Therapy from School of Human & Life Sciences, Roehampton University, London (2008).
Workshop on Dance Movement Therapy organized by the Roehampton University, London (2008).
Bachelor of Education (BEd) – Calcutta University, St. Xavier’s College (2006).
Bachelor of Science (BSc) – Calcutta University, St. Xavier’s College (2004).
Member of the West Bengal Dance Group Federation, West Bengal, India (Associate)