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Bonds with the best…

Of bathroom singing, but that’s not why she is rounding up the scalps. This 20-year-old has one true passion, one real calling -- Indian classical dance. Toddling into kathak class at age two, she was hooked by her first public performance at age four. The third-year B.Com student of Jadavpur University is now pursuing Odissi. Not to forget her interest in glass painting, with two of her works having pride of place on the walls at home.

More than a splash…

Is what she made, showing up at the Puri Beach Festival the day after her ISC exam ended. But she hopes to make waves in the business world, too, with an MBA next in line to dancing on her list of priorities. Her mom makes sure nothing gets in the way of her studies, and the ex-student of St Teresa’s and St Thomas’ feels she hasn’t done such a bad job so far.

Hotfooted cross-country…

From Allahabad to Delhi and Bhubaneshwar, the gal they call Mou has taken part in the Konark Dance Festival, Vishwa Hindu Sammelan, Jhankar Musica Circle, Heritage Festival, Uday Shankar Festival and Padatik shows amongst others. Her favourite experience was being applauded by a whole host of famous names in the world of Odissi, at the Kala Vikas Kendra, Cuttack, where she was the youngest perfomer.

Dream destination…

Is a solo show abroad on her own merit. A brother in Boston has been inspiration so far, and it’s his advice she’s taken to heart, working hard to achieve her goals, with a li’l help from guruji Aloka Kanungo. Winning a gold medal from Prayag Samity Sammelan and a scholarship from the ministry of tourism and culture, being honoured by West Bengal Tourism Department and coming out on top at the Rajya Sangeet Academy and the Stars of Tomorrow contest of the West Bengal Transport Corporation… she takes it all in her stride.

Daily dose of dance…

For at least three hours is a must, but she finds time for Rashid Khan and jazz classics, too. When it isn’t her study books, Atreyi likes curling up with a thriller or a mystery novel, or letting her hair down at lunch-and-movie outings.

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