Ishita Mili is an Urban Indian choreographer based in New Jersey. She began dancing at the age of 2 when she would imitate her uncle Sukalyann's choreography in her living room. She soon began formal training in Bharatanatyam under Smt. Sudha Devullapali and Indian Contemporary Fusion under Kolkata-based Sukalyann Bhattacharya. She won various awards throughout her childhood as a Bharatanatyam soloist and performed internationally for movies, music videos, and shows through Sukalyann Dance Entourage. After becoming established in Indian dance forms, she wanted to break out of the boundaries of traditional dance and auditioned for UFP Hip Hop Dance company, performing and choreographing for them from 2014-2018. During this time, Ishita also interned with Jonathan Hollander's Battery Dance Company and completed the Dancing to Connect Program in 2015. As a freelance artist, Ishita has worked with Sumeet Nagdev, Pt. Samir Chatterjee, KSHMR, Bappi Lahiri, and is currently the lead of Preeti Vasudevan’s work-in-progress “Drumming a Dream” and performed at the infamous New Victory Theater on Broadway. 

After extensively studying a variety of dance styles, Ishita created Urban Indian as a global language rooted in Indian Classical and Urban vocabularies that examines different narratives from our cultural history. In 2017, Ishita founded IMGE (Ishita Mili Global Exposé), a formal Urban Indian troupe comprised of professional dancers from diverse backgrounds & ethnicities. Through Urban Indian, Ishita was featured in Pulse Magazine and Pyragraph as a rising South Asian artist and was featured as a guest artist in Bangladesh TV's Tarana. She has also been invited to teach her style all across the US, India, and Bangladesh over the past 2 years. IMGE has performed all over the US for the Seattle International Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, APAP NYC 2019, and World of Dance. Their original multimedia production "Rastar Katha” was commissioned by the Indian Heritage Cultural Association for the Natya Darpan Short Play Festival 2018. Rastar Katha explored the hardships of South Asian stories around the world and was received by multiple standing ovations.

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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

  • 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, 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

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

  • Backup Dancer, KSHMR LIVE // Avant Gardener, NYC 2019

  • Lead Dancer (Thresh Dance), Drumming a Dream // New Victory Theater, NYC, 2019

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