Smt Sumona Bhattacharya is a lover of dance, drama and art. She has been trained in the Kathak dance form from the age of 7 years in Kolkata, India under the tutelage of Padma Shri and Sangeet Kala Academy Award winner Smt Rani Karnaa and Smt Anuradha Guha. She has also received coaching and mentoring from Kathak stalwarts like Padmabhushan Kumudini Lakhia, Padmashree Dr Puru Dadheech and Vibha Dadheech, Vidushi Saswati Sen and Pt Rajendra Gangani and has performed in numerous stage shows both in India and Australia.
Sumona is indebted to the following legendary Kathak Gurus who have provided valuable guidance and direction to her Kathak journey
Sumona has been living in Melbourne, Australia from 1997. During her stay in Melbourne, Sumona has regularly performed in dance shows, stage plays and radio plays. She has also produced and directed a children’s play.
Sumona lives with her husband Sabyasachi Bhattacharya and their two kids Rohan and Ramona. When Ramona was 4 years old, seeing her interest in dance Sumona wanted to initiate her into Kathak. However on researching dance schools, Sumona found that the major dance schools were focussed on teaching Bharatnatyam and other south Indian classical dance forms. Not to be deterred by this, Sumona decided to start her own Kathak dance school. In 2008 Ghungroo School of Dance was established.
Both Sumona and her husband are patrons of the classical dance and music. Sumona’s husband plays sarod in the style of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and performs regularly in concerts all over Australia. Sabyasachi also plays lehra on the sarod, for Sumona and her students, during performances with live music accompaniment.
Sumona believes in the purity of the classical styles. Individual attention is paid to students to ignite their love for this art and to develop future ambassadors of this great Indian art form on foreign soil.
Links to some of Smt Sumona Bhattacharya’s recent performances and media references
“Our shared history of arts and music binds us together and this is especially true for the people from the South Asian diaspora residing in Australia. Although a dance form originating in India, today Kathak is danced and learnt all over the globe. At Ghungroo School of Kathak Dance we are proud to bring together students from diverse cultural backgrounds sharing a love for learning this art form….” Smt Sumona Bhattacharya
Performance at the office of the Indian Consulate General in Melbourne on the occasion of International Women’s Day held in February 2020
Performance by Smt Sumona Bhattacharya at the Vishwarang Literature and Arts Festival Australia 2020