Born in a quiet, little corner of Assam (Dhemaji) and brought up in Jorhat, Assam, Shilpika Bordoloi was headed for a life of dance from the start.
At the age of three, she began her training in the Indian Classical dance form of Manipuri under Guru Rathindra Sinha and later on with Padmashree Darshana Jhaveri. From the circular world of Manipuri, she went on to study the Indian Classical dance form of Bharatanatyam under Padmashree Leela Samson, and later worked in her company, Spandan. Gradually, finding herself limited in the classical nuances, she went into the world of utmost precision of Martial Arts. She has a learning experience of Chi-Gong, Martial Arts (Chinese and Korean) including Tai-Ji-Quan under Sensei Rashid Ansari along with Voice and Theatre Movement.
She is also trained in playing the Didgeridoo and the Iranian Daf besides holding a master’s degree in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi.
Shilpika has choreographed dance pieces, theatre productions and acted in a variety of plays and musicals. In the process, she has evolved as an artist, not bound by convention. She has been continuously moving across a wide spectrum, ranging from classical dance forms, to developing her own unique vocabulary using organic designs, which she calls Physical Theatre.
Shilpika sees dance and movement as a way of life, wherein the journey of experimentation, discovery, joy and pathos unfolds itself through the emotive medium of the body. And as such she is always eagerly committed and creatively enthused towards working with people of different levels, backgrounds, and ages.
She is currently based in Assam, travelling about the river Brahmaputra and researching on her multi-media project called “Katha Yatra”, besides working as a visiting faculty to National School of Drama (NSD), NSD (Theatre-in-Education Wing) and School of Film and Television (SIFT).
She is also actively involved in yoga and is a certified yoga teacher providing workshops to people of different backgrounds.
As a performer, teacher and choreographer, her work is based on research of the body where the process of movement is deep and intuitive in creativity.
She respects and admires the works of Charlie Chaplin, Jerzy Grotowoski and Pina Bausch.
Shilpika loves to paint, be close to nature, watch Cartoons and believes that she is always a student first.
Shilpika has received India’s most prestigious National Young Artist Award.
She has also been conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademy Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2015 for contemporary/experimental dance.
– Tim Cornwell, Scotsman, 14th August 2017.
In 2013, she performed “Majuli”, a work-in-progress demonstration of her project “Katha Yatra” in Guwahati, Assam, in April. She also performed -“Women poets of the sub-continent” in Mumbai, -“Longing”, an original dance piece in Tranceforme, Mumbai.
She has choreographed-“Hum Hi Aapne Aap”, directed by Bipin Kumar (Repertory company, NSD), in July 2012.
She has been a Guest faculty for the –
-Physical Theatre and for Theatre in Education (TIE), at the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi since June 2012 and January 2013 respectively.
-School of Film and Television, SIFT, Haryana since Feb 2013.
-Physical Theatre at Bharatendu Natya Academi (BNA), Lucknow, since 2011
I am a Dancer. I believe that we learn by practice. whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each it is the performance of the dedicated precise set of arts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes on some area an athlete of God.
— Martha Graham