Souraja belongs to the illustrious Tagore Family of Calcutta. She was introduced to Bharatanatyam dance at the tender age of six by her mother Soumya Tagore. Under the further guidance and tutelage of her Guru, Shri Abhoy Pal, Souraja has perfected her art through rigorous training and is now an accomplished performer. Souraja went on to become a recipient of the National Scholarship awarded by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (Government of India) for more than nine consecutive years. At present Souraja continues to learn and perform as well as impart training to a future generation of Bharatnatyam dancers. Additionally she is pursuing her PhD in English, while utilizing her extra time in teaching college students (English Literature) and also conducting dance appreciation classes for postgraduate students at Rabindra Bharati University. She is also an external examiner for Calcutta University and Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
All Bengal Music Conference
Uday Shankar Dance Festival
Ritu Laya Mala – A presentation with the six classical dance forms of India, depicting the seasons.
Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre
Doverlane Dance Festival
Kalamandalam Dance Festival
Festival organised by the West Bengal Dance Group Federation
Geeta Govinda, Festival organized by Utkala
Behrampore Dance Festival
Played Kurupa and Surupa in Tagore’s celebrated dance drama, Chitrangada organized by ‘Daakghar’ in collaboration with Monoj Murali Nair.
In January, 2015 Souraja collaborated with the dancers from the Opera of Paris and performed for the Sriram Centre for Art and Culture in their annual festival Connections. She performed Bharatnatyam for the production Heaven and Earth, an exploration of desire and passion through the world of Tango, Bharatnatyam, European classical dance and music, Indian classical music and Electronic music. Artistic direction by Rukmini Chatterjee and Bruno Bouche.
Dance Festival organised by the Sangeet Natak Academi
Festival organised by the India International Centre
Sadhana – A Dance Festival organised by Kalashram, an organization of Pt. Birju Maharaj
Ganga Mahotsav, Varanasi
Mahamrityunjaya Festival, Varanasi
Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi
A festival organized by Vishakha Music and Dance Academy, Vishakhapatnam
Performed for ICCR Hyderabad, 2016
Mamallapuram Dance Festival
Serendipity Arts Festival 2017
In 2008, Souraja was invited to perform in France, which included performances at:
Maison des métallos (Paris),
Théâtre Paul Eluardle ,
Prisne (Saint-Quentin en Yvelines),
Le Carré (Château-Gontier),
Centre culturel Aragon (Orly),
Théâtre du Nickel (Rambouillet),
Centre culturel Boris Vian (Les Ulis),
Le Centre Culturel des Portes de l’Essonne (Athis-Mons).
The performances in France received great admiration from a cosmopolitan audience and also received extremely encouraging media appreciation.
In 2009, Souraja was invited to perform in Germany under the aegis of Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), the D.I.G (Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft) and The Tagore Society Berlin. She performed in cities such as Aachen, Wuppertal, Kassel, Munster, Heidelberg, Nurnberg, Freiburg and Karlsruhe.
Souraja collaborated with Rukmini Chatterjee for her production Rencontre/Meetings, a coming together of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, European ballet, North/South Indian classical music and European classical music.
It is a dialogue between great artistic traditions of two cultures: European and Indian.
This performance has since travelled to Norway at the Norwegian Opera, Oslo, India and Italy in 2009 and 2010 and continues to tour.
In 2017-2018 Souraja performed for Shiv-Yin, a production where Chinese Contemporary Dance met Indian Classical Dance. It explored the concept of the male and female through two distinct cultures. The production toured China and was organized by the Sriram Centre, New Delhi and the Beijing Dance Academy. The music for Shiv-Yin was by Bickram Ghosh and artistic direction by Rukmini Chatterjee and Teng Aimin.
Souraja showcased her first production, The Infinite in the Finite at the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre on August, 2011 on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.
This production consists of an amalgamation of various Tagore compositions set in the backdrop of his essays that highlight the theme of his ‘search for the soul’ or the never ending consciousness in the universe. Its focus is to create awareness among all men and assist them to shed off their differences and respond to the common call for humanity. Man will continue to dwell in the prison house of logic, reason, jealousy, hatred, deceit, greed and other such evils as long as he allows himself to be dominated by his ego and be misguided by social, political and communal bindings. Somewhere, his soul will continue to dwell in a state of lethargy and slumber. He will remain ignorant of the true happiness unless he is able to make a serious effort to rise above the petty shackles and be exposed to true freedom.
The production Infinite in the Finite celebrates that freedom which is unexplainable, holy, unaccountable and pure.
Souraja recently was featured in a BBC documentary on Kolkata, produced by Victoria Hinners of Indus Films, also featuring Sue Perkins.