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Jayantee Paine-Ganguly


Jayantee Paine-Ganguly is a versatile dancer and choreographer with training in several different dance styles--including Odissi, Kathak, and Mohiniyattam--from prominent exponents of those styles.

An avid student of dance, Jayantee has hopscotched back and forth between America and India to pursue her dance training.  She learned the basics of dance from her first guru, her mother, at the age of four.  Later, Jayantee began her formal training with lyrical dance in the Rabindrik style (of Rabindranath Tagore) with Ramgopal Bhattacharya in Kolkata and performed as a member of Ananda Shankar's contemporary dance troupe there.  At that time, Jayantee also studied Odissi with Murulidhar Majhi.


After coming to the United States, Jayantee took up Kathak with Chitresh Das of San Francisco.  She traveled frequently to India to continue her dance training in Odissi, to study Kathak with Bandana Sen of Kolkata and Saswati Sen of New Delhi, and to study Mohiniyattam with Sridevi Rajan of Kerala.  In 1996, Jayantee quit her day job and moved to India for several years to study Odissi more intensively with Kumkum Mohanty at the Odissi Research Center in Bhubaneshwar.  There, she performed at the prestigious Konark Festival.  

Upon returning to America, Jayantee founded the Konark Dance School and the Jayantika Dance Company.  She received a master's degree in performing arts and dance from American University.  Currently, Jayantee teaches Odissi, Kathak, and Mohiniyattam, as well as dances of Bengal, contemporary dance, and folk dance at her dance school.  Jayantee also performs widely and conducts lectures about Indian classical dance throughout the Washington, D.C., area.  She is a board member of the Indian Dance Educators Association of the greater metropolitan area (IDEA).  

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