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Purabi Chowdhury

Thriving for life through nurturing cultural genesis

Purabi Chowdhury is a renowned Bangladeshi artist. As a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from Visva Bharati University (widely known as Kabiguru’s Santiniketan) India, she brings her rich tradition of Bengali classical and traditional music and dance from Bangladesh. Purabi is widely commended in Bengali community in Melbourne, Victoria, as one of the most versatile exponents of this musical genre.

Purabi hails from a musically inclined family and has obtained systematic training in music and dance since her childhood. From the age of only 3 years, she started her dance training under the guidance of Ustad Anil Mitra. She subsequently took formal training in classical music (song) from Ustad Nirod Baron Barua, Ustad Mihir Nandi & Ustad Jagannando Barua in addition to well-known classical dance pandits like Runu Biswas, & Shuvra Sengupta (ex-graduate of University of Baroda in Bharatnatyam), in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Purabi’s true affection with classical dance and music strengthened when she got the ICCR scholarship from India under cultural exchange program within SAARC countries back to 2000. She achieved the highest accolades with Gold medal from Sangit Bhavana for her extra-ordinary academic performances in B.Music (Monipuri, Kothakali & Rabindra Sangeet).

Purabi has been teaching both music & dance for the last 4 decades. She is one of the busiest and most sought-after musicians in Victoria, Australia for Bengali music, and classical dance performances. She achieved numerous prestigious awards during her glorious journey in this sector. She has travelled around the world and won international acclaim for her artistic brilliance. She moved to Australia in 2015 & currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria.

Achievements: (at a glimpse)

“ICCR” scholarship of India, Visva Bharati University (Santiniketan)

“Merit of Sangit Bhavana” Visva Bharati University (Santiniketan)

“Natun Kuri” award in Dance category, Bangladesh 

“Natun Kuri” award in Music category, Bangladesh 

“Agnibina” award in Dance category, Bangladesh

“National Award” in music category, Bangladesh 

Ex- faculty of Bangladesh Shishu Academy & Shilpa Kala Academy, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Ex- music instructor of Dhrubo Sangit Porishod, Bangladesh  

Ex- dance instructor of City Corporation School Cultural program, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Ex- music consultant, Samaj Kalyan Department, Chittagong, Govt. of Bangladesh 

Ex- music instructor of Bangladesh Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA), Bangladesh  

Ex- faculty of YMCA cultural Society, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Ex- faculty of the department of dance at the Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology within the Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts 

Ex- instructor of Tirjok Natya Gosthi, Chittagong

Ex – music consultant, RUPANTAR (USAID project on culture and society in Khulna, Bangladesh)

We would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which our Foundation is located, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Bunurong People, and recognise their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

Purabi Cultural Foundation

Purabi Cultural Foundation Inc. is a registered non-profit incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 – Consumer Affairs Victoria, Australia.   Registration No: A0120199J


Purabi Cultural Foundation Inc.

PO BOX 430, Glen Waverley Vic 3150.


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