Swati Chattopadhyay and Jaya Mehta, come together as a beautiful team to create and present richly innovative recitals, demonstrations and workshops. They are both disciples of the Guru Surendra Nath Jena style of Odissi, and their Guru is Guru Pratibha Jena Singh.
Swaati has been learning and dancing Odissi in the style of Guru Surendra Nath Jena from her guru Pratibha Jena Singh, for the last 12 years. She has performed widely in India, in both solo as well as duet and group presentations, at various dance festivals such as Odissi International Festival in Bhubhaneswar. She was awarded the 'OdissiJyoti' title at the Naveen Kalakar Festival '08 in Bhubhaneswar and the 'Pratibha Sanskritik Samman' in New Delhi in 2011.
Her love for the dance is fuelled by her training in literature and fine arts, and her Masters degree in Arts & Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has published widely on the subject of Indian arts, for over 7 years, as a feature journalist with First City, New Delhi's leading art and culture magazine.