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The Journey Of An Aspiring Dancer: Mishmita Nath Samajpati


A dancer or a performer expresses emotions, tells stories, and above all, tries to communicate to the audience through their movements. This is indeed an arduous task. But it gets more difficult when one has to perform online, feels Silchar-based talented dancer Mishmita Nath Samajpati, daughter of an acclaimed cultural activist, Jatra and theatre actor Biswajit Nath Samajpati.


Dance was always Mishmita’s first love. As a young and fully committed aspiring professional dancer, she thrived on hard work, taking initiative and being fully dedicated to her art. She puts in extra hours practising.

She is a performer who does not love to come second. She expresses her feelings through her dance moves. The aspiring dancer (nicknamed Barsha), born on January 17, 1998, is very active on social media and keeps her viewers’ boredom at bay by posting lovely dance items.

A resident of Tarapur, Silchar, she idolises her aunt Mahua Roy Choudhury and attributes her success much to her.

It all started in 2000 with Phule Phule Dole Dole when Mishmita was just three. It was her passion for dance that made her pass several dance exams with flying colours. In the initial stages of her dancing career, her family members supported her a lot and encouraged her to face the stage.

The young Mishmita, with dreams in her eyes, kept performing one dance item after other. It was during the coronavirus pandemic last year when Mishmita started opting for online dance shows. She was left with no other option; she kept performing live.

Her achievements.

Recognition and fame came to Mishmita in 2004 when she bagged the second position at the prestigious Renaissance Artists and Writers Association’s Global Cultural Association programme. In 2005, she secured the second position.

But the girl did not stop there. Her hard work and firm determination made her secure first position in the same competition in 2006. Since then, there has been no looking back for this talented performer.

Besides her mentor, she also finds encouragement in Mousumi Nath Samajpati, her mother and late Gonopati Nath, her grandfather, an acclaimed Jatra actor. She grew up watching them and learning from them.

Admitted to Nrityayan (she learned Rabindra Nritya under her mentor Chandan Mazumder), a leading dance institute in Silchar in 2006, Mishmita began mastering the art of Rabindra Nritya from her mentor. Now she performs on stage with finesse and no fear.

The ever-learning Mishmita has bagged prestigious awards and prizes at both national and regional level dance competitions. Bangla Shastriyo Nrityo Gaudiyo Nritya’s Dr Mahua Mukherjee (Kolkata) once showered praises on her for her brilliant dancing skills.

Mishmita Samajpati
Mishmita as a Leo member.

There is another side to Mishmita. The girl likes to serve society and its people. Keeping this in mind, she joined Leo Club on March 23, 2018. Her hard work helped her bag the “Best PRO of the Year” award.

In 2020, she won first prize at a national level dance competition, which was organised by the Leo Club of Ahmedabad. In the same year, Mishmita bagged the best dancer award (ShopnoUran’s Parichay Awards).

It has been seen that extra-curricular activities and hobbies often hinder education, but it is not the case with Mishmita. After finishing her schooling at Pranabananda Vidya Mandir, Silchar, she was enrolled at Ramanuj Gupta Junior College, Silchar, one of the premier educational institutions in Silchar. She soon completed her Bachelor of Commerce (Honours in Accounting and Finance) degree from Gurucharan College, Silchar.

Currently, Mishmita is pursuing an MBA course (Assam University, Silchar). She takes out time for her dance rehearsals, programmes, practice sessions and online events. It may be noted here that she passed her HSLC examination and HS examination with flying colours.

Dance defines Mishmita Nath Samajpati. Currently, she is busy learning the nuances of acting.

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