Art in­clined Paramita Saha, 36, Con­tem­po­rary Dancer

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Dancer, arts pro­ducer and brand strate­gist Paramita Saha wears many hats. In­ter­est­ingly, this lit­er­a­ture grad­u­ate wasn’t al­ways in­clined to­wards dancing. “In fact I only be­gan dancing in 1996, when I was in col­lege,” says Saha. Things changed when she reached Sap­phire Cre­ations Dance Com­pany, a con­tem­po­rary dance troupe. That was when she re­alised dance was the only medium through which she could truly ex­press her­self. She then went on to be­came an arts pro­ducer. Af­ter per­form­ing at a few venues, she came up with the idea of start­ing an arts fes­ti­val to show­case al­ter­na­tive art forms from across the world. That is how In­ter­face or In­ter­na­tional Festi- val of Al­ter­na­tive and Con­tem­po­raray Ex­pres­sions was born in 2002. She’s even trav­elled as a del­e­gate to the Bri­tish Dance Edi­tion 2012, UK’s pre­mier dance event and was the only In­dian del­e­gate at the In­ter­na­tional Ex­po­sure 2012. Though be­ing in­vited to Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val 2013 and the Ade­laide Fringe Fes­ti­val in 2014 are honours she cher­ishes, she feels her big­gest achieve­ment is mak­ing In­ter­face a three- city event ( Kolkata, Ban­ga­lore and Delhi) al­most sin­gle- hand­edly. Her many achieve­ments led her to be cho­sen as a men­tor in the on­go­ing Nokia Cre­ate to In­spire Chal­lenge which will men­tor young­sters in­volved in var­i­ous fields such as art, dance theatre and mu­sic, and en­cour­age them to show­case their art­work that is so­cially aware and en­vi­ron­ment con­scious.

Pho­to­graph by SUBIR HALDER

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