Mahua Mukherjee

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For the social activist, see Mohua Mukherjee.
Mahua Mukherjee
Occupation Dancer, researcher
Dances Gaudiya Nritya

Mahua Mukherjee[Note] is an exponent of the Indian classical dance[citation needed] form Gaudiya Nritya. She is a researcher and teacher at Rabindra Bharati University[1] and Dean of the faculty of fine arts as of January 2014.[2] Along with her husband Amitava Mukherjee, she has been reviving the dance style through her career from 1980s.[3] She has also given performances and lectures as visiting professor like at the University of Oklahoma, USA.[4][5] She has learned the dance from Bratindranath, Sashi Mahato, Narottam Sanyal, Gambhir Singh Mudha, Mukund Das Bhattacharya and other practitioners of the Chhau, Nachni, Kushan and Kirtaniya traditions.[6]

Mukherjee is also the director of institutes Gaudiya Nritya Bharati and Mitrayan. She is M.Sc., Ph.D. in Botany. She had initially also taken training in Bharata Natyam. She is considered as the "fountainhead" of the dance.[1] She has also been subject of a poem written by Nigerian writer Tanure Ojaide published in her collection "The Beauty I Have Seen: A Trilogy".[7] She also features in the documentary film Geetmay Tanmay - Trance in Motion made by the Films Division of India.[8]


^[Note] Mukherjee is also credited as Mukhopadhyay. For further reading refer etymology of the surname.


  1. ^ a b Bharatram, Kumudha (9 April 2011). "Dance of the ancients". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Members of The Faculties". Rabindra Bharati University. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Alom, Zahangir (11 November 2013). "Of euphoria and grace in dancing devotion". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Parul (7 June 2013). "Summer players". Indian Express. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Alom, Zahangir (25 March 2012). "Presentation of Navarasa through dance". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Rajan, Anjana (26 December 2006). "The wheel has come full circle". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  7. ^ Tanure Ojaide (2010). The Beauty I Have Seen: A Trilogy. African Books Collective. p. 88. ISBN 9788422292. 
  8. ^ "Trance in Motion : Short film by Films Division". Gadurr Media, YouTube. Retrieved 7 January 2013.