Ipshita was initiated into the art form of Bharatanatyam at a young age. She began her training under Smt. Asha Sunilkumar (disciple of Guru T. K. Mahalingam Pillai), at Sanskriti Academy of Fine Arts, Thane, in 1994. Since her arangetram in 2003, she has charted a scintillating journey into the world of Bharatanatyam with a string of prestigious and high-profile performances. Two of her major productions, choreographed by Smt. Asha Sunilkumar, are Navarasa to Ramarasa, and Stree Shakti.
Ipshita masterfully juggles both nṛtta and nṛtya in her performances. Her ballets tread the fine balance between character expositions and pure, unhindered dance, both of which she uses consummately to explore the spatial nuances of story-telling. Her compelling stage presence draws viewers’ eyes to her face and her feet - her two most expressive and hypnotic assets. Her movements, though quick and nimble, are precise and deft. Her understanding of personality nuances is deep, which enables her to portray a number of characters with conviction and integrity. Simply put, her dancing is effortless and her choreography is immersive.
In her journey to expand her repertoire and choreography skills, she has undergone intensive training under Smt. Ramaa Bharadvaj (Dance Director, Chinmaya Naada Bindu), and Shri. Sheejith Krishna (alumnus and ex-faculty, Kalakshetra). Ipshita has also trained in the Karanas under Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam.
While continuing to be a student, Ipshita was also a faculty at Sanskriti Academy of Fine Arts, teaching and assisting her Guru in choreographing dances for various shows of the Academy. Currently experimenting with the use of technology in transmission, she has been teaching Bharatanatyam via videoconferencing for the past three years.
Ipshita has had the opportunity to perform and demonstrate her art to a culturally diverse audience. She has taught Bharatanatyam to graduate students majoring in sport, in order to understand different movement techniques, at Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont Ferrand, France). She has also conducted a workshop based on the Karanas for the Masters students of the Faculty of Dance at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (Nice, France).
Seeking to maintain a balance between performance and academics, she, along with a Bachelors in Commerce, acquired a Bachelors in Fine Arts (Bharatanatyam) from SASTRA University, under the directorship of Padmabhushan Dr. Padma Subrahmanyan, followed by a Masters in Fine Arts (Bharatanatyam) under the same institution.
Ipshita’s academic records, and expertise as a performer made her the first Indian to win a scholarship for the Erasmus Mundus International Masters in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage (Choreomundus), giving her an international exposure to the arts and culture of the world. Having conducted anthropological fieldwork in the South of France with the renowned French Bharatanatyam dancer Armelle Choquard (disciple of Guru Muthuswamy Pillai, Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan, and Smt. Sucheta Chaphekar), her research interests include the study of transmission of an Indian dance in France, with special attention to cultural constitution and embodiment.
In a quest to understand her purpose as a dancer, coupled with her love for story-telling, abhinaya, and teaching, she wishes to explore the idea of using dance as a tool in education.