Artist

Talent, versatility, devotion, passion – the words that well describe Dr. Deepti Omchery Bhalla, the leading exponent of Mohiniyattam. A true artist at the core; she is a unique combination of singer and dancer, well-accomplished and talented in both.

Deepti was initiated into the world of music and dance when she was only four. Her entry into the artistic realm at such a tender age, gave her the sacred privilege of being the disciple of great masters. She studied Kathakali under the eminent gurus, Guru Gopinath, Guru Punnatur Madhava Panikkar and Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan, besides other teachers of International Centre for Kathakali in Delhi, where she was a student for more than 12 years.

She has inherited her musical legacy from her mother and well-known carnatic singer, Dr. (Smt) Leela Omchery. Apart from her mother, her other music teachers include Vidwan T.S. Raghavan and the teachers of the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi from where she took her M.A; M.Phil, and Ph.D in Carnatic music. She is also proficient in Hindustani music, having mastered it from the renowned singers, Ustad Unus Hussain Khan and Dagar Brothers.

A fabulous dancer of Mohiniyattam, she owes her tremendous expertise and aesthetic perfection to Kalamandalam Kalyanikutti Amma and Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan, the proponents of the classical dance form. She has conducted Mohiniyattom performances in various cities in India and abroad. She has toured extensively in Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, USSR, Japan and Egypt as part of her performances.

She is also actively engaged in guiding research scholars of Universities and fellowship recipients of Department of Culture, Government of India. Currently, she is the Reader in Carnatic Music at the Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, University of Delhi.

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