ISHITA MILI is a 23 year-old Urban Indian choreographer from NJ. She trained in Bharatanatyam under Smt. Sudha Devullapali (Kalanjali School of Dance) since the age of 5. She completed her arangetram and has won various solo competitions throughout her childhood. Ishita has also been a company dancer of Indian Contemporary Fusion dance company Sukalyann Dance Entourage (Kolkata) for the past 10 years, and acts as assistant director of the USA division. Through SDE, she has performed all over the world for Bengali music videos, movies, concerts, and conventions working with the likes of singer Lopamudra Mitra, music producer Bappi Lahiri, playwriter Megnath Bhattacharjee, actress Indrani Haldar, and other members of the Bengali arts industry. Ishita has also been a guest choreographer and company dancer for UFP Dance Co. (Hip Hop) for the past 5 years, and even won 1st place at competitions all over the East Coast. She has additionally trained with Battery Dance Company, Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts, Preeti Vasudevan, Smt. Malabika Sen, Pt. Samir Chatterjee, and more. Ishita was also featured as a guest artist in Bangladesh TV's dance reality show Tarana and as a backup dancer in the Bengali film Maati.

       Albeit working in all corners of the dance map, Ishita has spent the past year and a half honing into her own unique style of dance: Urban Indian. This new language is an amalgamation of her various trainings. Urban Indian is primarily rooted in Indian classical dance and Hip Hop, but is a global language intended to share Indian storytelling techniques to people all over the world. Ishita recently founded IMGE (Ishita Mili Global Exposé), a formal Urban Indian troupe comprised of professional dancers from diverse backgrounds, races, & ethnicities. For the past year, IMGE has performed all over the tristate area including The Outlet Dance Project, World of Dance, Epic Motion's "The Drop", South Seaport Deepavali, the North American Bengali Association's Banga Sammelan, and more. Also under her brand of Urban Indian, Ishita has recently choreographed for Bangladeshi American artist Rahmaan's music video for his single "Shanti," and was featured in UK Pulse Magazine's Fall 2017 magazine as an emerging South Asian artist. IMGE was also selected to create & present their original dance drama "Rastar Katha (Street Talk)" at the Indian Heritage Cultural Association's Natya Darpan Short Play Festival 2018, where they explored the struggles of South Asian minority communities around the world through dance and film. Ultimately, Ishita aims to use Urban Indian as a global language that can share South Asian culture in a more modern and relevant way.

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EDUCATION

  • Student & Teacher // Smt. Sudha Devullapali, Kalanjali School of Dance (Bharatanatyam) // NJ. 2003-present

  • Assistant Director // Sukalyann Dance Entourage (Indian Contemporary Fusion) // Kolkata, Canada, USA, 2011-2017

  • Company Dancer // UFP Dance Company (Hip Hop) // NJ, 2013-2018

  • Certificate in Dance Education, Choreography, and Business // Dancing to Connect Institute, Battery Dance Company // NYC, 2016

  • Chemistry B.S. // Monmouth University // NJ, 2016

  • Scholarship Student // Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts (Indian Contemporary) // Mumbai, 2017

  • Masters in Business and Science // Rutgers University // NJ, 2017-present


Solo ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Dancer, "Mamo Chitte" by Lopamudra Mitra // NJ, 2010

  • Dancer, Bappi Lahiri Concert // NJ, 2010

  • Gold Medalist and Scholarship Recipient, Asian Performing Arts Festival // NYC, 2011

    • Held by Dongwha Cultural Foundation and NYU

  • Soloist, The Global Harmony // ICCR, Kolkata, 2014

    • Fundraiser Show held by RKHIV and Hygeia Foundation

    • Guest Attendees: Smt. Thankumani Kutti, Smt. Kalavati Devi, Smt. Samir Chatterjee

  • Guest Artist, Rakesh and Pragya Radio Show (Friends FM) // Kolkata, 2014

  • Assistant Director (SDE), A Humble Offering Tour // IL, NY, NJ, IN, DC, TX, 2014

    • Multimedia Play on Rabindranath Tagore Directed by Kushal Bose

  • Principal Dancer (SDE), Movement For Seva Fundraiser // Toronto, 2010 & 2014

    • Guest Attendee: India's ex-president Abdul Kalam

  • Guest Artist, Peacock Exhibit (Hudson River Valley Museum) // NYC, 2014

  • Guest Artist, Tarrana (Bangladesh TV) // Dhaka, BD, 2017

    • Hosted by Shibli Mohammad and Nipa

  • Assistant Choreographer (SDE), Closing Show Play // Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, 2017

    • Directed by Megnath Bhattacharjee

  • Soloist (SDE), Parikraman // Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata, 2017

  • Backup Dancer, Maati (Bengali Film) // West Bengal, 2017

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