Bharatnatyam – Smt. Arpita Mukhopadhyay

 Arpita Mukhopadhyay ( is the founder of the Payal School of Dance, started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of five with Devjani Chatterjee and completed her graduation degree in Bharatanatyam from Prayag Sangeet Samitte, Allahabad, India, when she was twelve years old. She also holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam and Rabindra Nritya from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.

Her quest for learning different aspects of Bharatnatyam continued and she took rigorous training from Pinaki Chowdhury and Kalamandalam Venkit . Arpita learned Creative Dance from the Ananda Shankar Dance Academy. She also took lessons in different regional folk dances from various workshops conducted in different states of India. She was also a member of a dance group in Calcutta and performed all over India and participated in television programs. Arpita had a natural flair for choreography from an early age. A dance choreographed by her at the age of 18 was televised by the Doordarshan of Kolkatta.

Arpita has more than twenty years of experience as a dance teacher. She started teaching dance at different cultural organizations from 1988 and also worked as a dance teacher at the Ryan International school in New Delhi and also ran a dance school at Calcutta , Delhi and now in Katy.