Nandita Puri is an Indian actress and a choreographer who appeared as Shyama Solanki in the Hindi series, Kuch Toh Log Kahenge on Sony Entertainment Television India. She was also part of the serial, Chamatkar on Sony TV which stars Farookh Sheikh.
Nandita was debuted in the television serial, Campus. But acting was never her passion at first. She is a classical dancer based in Mumbai and Kathak is her first and only love. It’s her dance that brings Nandita to the acting industry. She got many opportunities to perform Kathak and that’s the time she was approached by the Upnayaas director, Vinay Dhumale and asked her if she can choreograph a Mujra dance. Afterwards, she got an offer to do a role in Upanyaas on DD1 channel. After this, she distanced herself in the industry because she started being a typecast, until she got the opportunity to perform in the serial, Campus and essayed the role of Kiran Joshi. One of her Kathak gurus told her to audition for the serial and she was luckily selected. Since then, she got many offers to do television serials like Aashirwad on Zee TV in year 1998. Nandita was also seen on Zee TV’s Sarhadein. In year 2000, she was seen in the drama series, Milan on Sony TV which stars
. In 2001, she acted in Ekta Kapoor’s soap opera, Kalash in STAR Plus. Nandita was also part of the Hindi serial, Sanjivani – A Medical Boon on STAR Plus. In 2007, she was popularly known as Mohini Malhorta in Maayka – Saath Zindagi Bhar Ka on Zee TV.
Aside from working in the small screen, Nandita also tried her luck working in the big screen. She played as the mother of Priyanshu in the film, Mumkin which stars
and John Abraham.
Nandita is a Psychology graduate and started her dance training when she was 17 years old from her Guru, Shankar Dev Jha. She won many awards for her performances in India and abroad. She received the Government of India Scholarship in year 1982 to 1983. After working in many television shows and films, Nandita has enough money to pursue her career as a choreographer; she has proven herself in the 1996 Hindi film, Sardari Begum by
. She choreographed a Kathak piece in the film. She is also doing Ballet dance which will define Thumris in classical dance. She choreographed a poetic version of Thumris. Nandita was also the director of the audio-visual clip on Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s (a Hindustani classical vocalist) life. Her mother, Primila Puri who is also a vocalist from the Patiala Gharana assisted her and Nandita got Bade Ghulam’s grandsons. Nandita danced to Bade Ghulam’s compositions while his grandsons speak about the inspirations following his bandishes such as Kya Karoon Sajni Aaye Naa Balam. The show was a hit in Mumbai and she also plans to bring it on Punjab and Patiala.
She also choreographed ballet dance like Shan-E-Moghul-Darbar/Agra and for the television serial, Ramayan on Zee TV and in some music albums and commercials. She was also sent in different countries to perform her dance.