Somita began her South Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam) training at the age of 5 under the encouragement of her father Dr Amitava Basak. She gained exposure to Hindustani music from her mother Shyamali Basak a talented vocalist from Kolkata. Her first solo performance at the age of 11 was attended by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff. Kiran Ratna (India Dance Wales), disciple of Chitraleka Bolar, proudly presented her in the National Museum and Gallery of Wales, UK for her Arangetram (professional debut) .
Somita continues to advance her Bharatanatyam training under the guidance of Senior Gurus, Dhananjayans and learning Carnatic vocal and Nattuvangam under the prodigious Guru Bhagavatulu Seetharama Sarma of the prestigious Khalakshetra School in India. Attending master classes with world renowned artists such as Prof C.V Chandrasekhar, Leela Samson and Priyadarshini Govind has broadened her knowledge and understanding. She has had the privilege of learning from Shobana Bhalchandra (Trio Sisters) and working with Anusha Subramanyam (Beeja) and other international artists.
Somita has appeared on TV, in film (‘Life Goes On’ starring Sharmila Tagore), in theatre, and other media publications.
She wishes to bring the love of movement and dance through the medium of Bharatanatyam to all.
People of all backgrounds and needs can benefit from the art form both physically, mentally and spiritually.
Somita is committed to meeting those needs and welcomes the opportunity to bring to you the experience that is Bharatanatyam.