Sohini Mukhopadhyay

Bollywood Dance Instructor and Performer

Biography

Sohini started learning Bengali folk dance at the age of four, before training briefly in Kathak (a North Indian Classical dance form) and then in Bharatnatyam (a South Indian Classical dance form). She has had extensive training in Bharatnatyam (over 11 years) and contemporary Indian dance. She has been trained over the years from several well known dance exponents, including the late Sheila Roychoudhury, Tirath Ajmani, Sapna Jobanputra, Priya Srikumar and Guru Jayachandra Kumar.

 Training herself in Bollywood dance through movies she had watched, Sohini started to teach others the popular dance form. She was asked by schools through Tayside and Fife to teach children and by other organisations such as Barnardos to teach young adults to dance. She was later was asked by the Dundee College to accept the post of lecturer in Bollywood dance.  

She is a member of the Bharatiya Ashram Arts Group, Dudhope Centre, and continues to teach in schools and in workshops around Scotland. 

Sohini is now living in Riga, Latvia and is teaching Bollywood and folk dance to Riga Stradins University students as well as part of the Indian Association in Latvia. 

Her dance repertoire includes Bharatnatyam, traditional Indian and Bengali folk dance and Bollywood classics.


Some other previous experience: 

  • Dance performance for the Indian Ambassador to Latvia and Sweden.
  • Teaching Bollywood dance to dance students at SUS Dance Festival, The Space.
  • Performance of Bollywood dance at MADE dance festival, University of Dundee
  • Teaching of Bollywood dance to Cardiac Rehabilitation patients at ISE, University of Dundee 
  • Performance of Bollywood Dance at Dundee Food and Flower Festival in 2005 and 2006
  •  Teaching at Barnardos Family Support Group for disabled and mentally challenged children and adults
  •  Teaching Bollywood dance with travelling music teacher, Ms Donna Vincent, around several nursery schools around Dundee and Newport
  •  Organisation of "Indian Night" and teaching Bollywood dancing to Brownies in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.
  •  Supply dance instructor at Bharatiya Ashram, Dundee
  •  Voluntary dance teacher for primary and high school level children at High School of Dundee
  •  Dance workshops and performance at "Day of Dance", a dance event organised by the Highland Council in Inverness in 2006 and 2007. 
  •  Invited for charity Bollywood dance performances during Latin Quarters in Dundee organised by Sarah Broxholme for the Azul Wasi Project.