Eshna Benegal

Eshna Benegal is an Odissi dancer based out of Bangalore. Her tryst with the form began when she was only 10 years old under the guidance of Guru Kshama Rau, a disciple of renowned Odissi pracitioner Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. As of 2024, she has been a student of Odissi for over 15 years.

Her initial training was in the Kelucharan Mohapatra style of Odissi and she has presented numerous pieces from the repertoire over the years. Some notable ones include the Puttur Dance Festival (2015) and the Bengaluru Odissi Utsav (2017, 2018, 2019) She is currently pursuing a deeper exploration in the form under Prithvi Nayak in the pedagogy of the world-renowned Odissi practitioner Bijayini Satpathy.

She is also an accomplished Kathak dancer and a student of Sunatya. Her training in the form started with Guru Shalini Garg when she was 16. She continues to learn under her whilst also taking advanced training from Guru Durga Arya.

Through her experiences, Eshna has always valued hard work, persistence and exploration above all else. Teaching has been the natural next step in her love story with dance.