Art inclined Paramita Saha, 36, Contemporary Dancer
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.