Bhavna Pani’s father Uday Shanker Pani, left his native Odisha to make a mark for himself in the ad film world in Mumbai. Therefore, not surprisingly, Bhavna with her early training in Odishi dance, is acknowledged today as one of the leading young exponents of this classical dance form, having performed at numerous global locations. Already a part of the Bollywood fraternity, today Bhavna presents a multiple façade of her artistic and creative talents. Not content with just being recognised as an exponent of Odishi dance form, she went on to gain expertise in other Indian classical dance forms like Kathak, from masters like Birju MaharajIn today's times, hardly youngsters are intere >> Read More..., earlier having been trained in Odishi from the age of 7 by none other than the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. However, her pursuit for acquiring versatility in dancing did not end here – she acquired expertise in Western dance forms too, being trained at the Terrence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company as also from well known figures like jazz and ballet dancers Jaan Freeman and Yana Tracy from London.
While it was her dancing that always kept her more occupied, her entry into the screen world has been through the usual route of modelling and ad films, helped, no doubt, by her own father’s stature as one of the leading ad film makers of that time. This could be the reason why her name figures in over 75 commercial ads for leading brands, alongside top Bollywood heroes. But her formal entry into mainstream cinema was in 2001, through the Bollywood film “Tere LiyeTere Liye is a popular Hindi TV series broadcasted >> Read More...” when she was just 17, followed soon with a quiet guest role in “Dil Vil Pyar VyarDil Vil Pyar Vyar is a laugh out loud comedy which >> Read More...”. Before she could come back to Bollywood through “Fast Forward” in 2009, she appeared in a number of Kannada and Telugu films, and later shifting to Malayali films with the film “Vettam”. Although she had acted in two other rather inconsequential Hindi films like “Tez” and one of similar genre entitled “Graveyard Shift” in 2012 and 2013, she seems to be making Malayali films her mainstay for the present, through her appearance in “Aamayum MuyalumClick to look into! >> Read More...” Although Bhavana has won several awards and certificates for dancing, her acting recognition so far has been through the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award for her supporting role in the drama “So Many Socks”