Julia Benson

About Me

Born in 1984, my life in dance field started at a tender age of 5 years when I had been to Nritya Siromani Guru Bandana Sen in Kolkata, who was a disciple of Pt. Shambhu Maharaj Jee of Lukhnow Gharana. Since then dance has grown along with my age.

After my schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kolkata, I came to Bangalore for further studies and continued training in Kathak under Guru Shri Murali Mohan and Nandini Mehta. I am also trained under renowned Gurus like Pt. Birju Maharaj Jee, Shri Maulik Shah n Ishira Parikh Jee, Sufi Kathak exponent Rani Khanam Jee and Pt. Arjun Mishra Jee.

Apart from being a Microbiologist, I have also completed her senior level of Kathak from the Karnataka Board of Secondary Education and am currently pursuing Visharad in Kathak under the renowned Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

My first solo performance or as we call it technically, Rangamanch Pravesh was when I was only 11years old. I have also given several solo performances in the Kolkata Doordarshan. I had the honor to perform at the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan Sangeet - Nritya Sammelan at New Delhi. I have also performed in many other prestigious dance festivals of the country like Konark Festival, Lakkundi Utsav, Chalukya Festival, Dharwad Utsav, Kinkini Festival, Stars of Tomorrow and many more.

I am also an empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Resources, Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India.

I also have quite a number of awards to my credit. I was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for Young artists for Kathak in the years 1997 – 99. I was awarded the 1st prize in the Kathak Dance Competition held by The West Bengal State Music Academy when she was 11years old in the group B, where I had to compete with dancers of as old as 18years. Recently I was awarded by the Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrutik Sangh, Pune for my presentation in Kathak.

I am closely associated NADAM, an acronym for Narthan Academy for Dance and Music, Bangalore and has performed all over the country as a integrate part of the ensemble. With my passion for dance, I am imparting training to the newer generation in association with renowned academic organizations like Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore.