Post Doctoral Research – “ Professional Women Dancers of India”, Calcutta University, (1999 – 2004) University Grants Commission.
Ph.D. – ICSSR Scholarship, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta University, 1995
Major field: Social Anthropology; Dissertation: “Social and cultural Context of Dance Among Tribes and Peasants of South West Uplands of West Bengal”
M.Sc. – Anthropology (Dissertation in Social Anthropology) Calcutta University, 1983
Specialization: Social Anthropology
B.Sc. – Calcutta University, 1979; Major: Anthropology
Dance Related Training and experience – Senior Diploma and Teachers’ Training from Uday Shankar India Culture Centre, Kolkata.
Dance and Movement Therapy Beginners’ Course (Module 1 and 2) – 2000 & 2001. British Council Kolkata
Gender and dance; Dance - embodied experience and corporeality;Materiality and lived experience in dance; Contemporary Choreography (practice /theory interface); Performance documentation – Visual Anthropology and presentation VS representation; Politics of identity and regional performances; Performance as/led Research .
2016 – present – Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
2013 - 2016 – Associate Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
2004 – 2013 – Visiting Faculty, Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
1999 – 2004 – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Calcutta University, Kolkata, India
1992 - 2004 – Lecturer, Sociology, G.D. Birla Centre for Education, Kolkata, India
1987 – 2004 – Senior Troupe Member, Faculty in Creative Dance and Senior Administrator at Uday Shankar India Culture Centre.
2020 – present – Member, Editorial Board, Journal of South Asian Dance Intersections. (SADI)
2019 – Present – Member, Editorial Board, Journal for Indian Anthropological Society (JIAS)
2018 – present – International Council for Traditional Music - Liaison Officer for India
2017 November – present - President, World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific.
2012 – present - Member, Board of Directors, Kolkata Sanved, Kolkata.
2012 to present - Member, Executive Board, World Dance Alliance , Global Executive
2011– 2019 – Member, Panel of Adjudicators for ARTS PRESENTATION FOR INDIAN DANCE, Singapore Youth Festival, Ministry of Education, Singapore.
1987 –2006 - Member, Board of Directors, Uday Shankar India Culture Centre, Kolkata, India.
(2013, 2009) Programme Co-ordinator, Field Study program of the School for Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, Canada, in JNU on “Arts and Culture in Contemporary India”.
(2010 – 2013) Collaboration as a facilitator and choreographer with “Shadhona”, Bangladesh.
(2009 – 2013) member of the International Adjudication team for Indian Dance for the Singapore Youth Festival, organized by Ministry of Education, Government of Singapore.
(2008 – 2009) Collaboration with Dr. Stephanie Burridge (Series editor, Routledge series “Celebrating Dance”) on the project of collating and editing a publication from India for the series.
( 2007) Evaluator of Young Choreographer project (2007), Amrita Performing Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
(2006 – 2008) As the Network Chair Research and Documentation - World Dance Alliance – Asia Pacific (WDA AP), led an International project of WDA AP for an International publication “Dance: Transcending Borders” - bringing together dance scholars from the Americas, Europe and the Asia Pacific.
(2010), Engendering Performance: Indian Women Performers Searching for Identity, co-authored by Urmimala Sarkar Munsi and BishnupriyaDutt, New Delhi: Sage Publications. ISBN 978-8-132-104568.
(2010), Traversing Tradition: Celebrating Dance in India, co-edited by Urmimala Sarkar Munsi and Stephanie Burridge, India, UK and USA: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-61709.
(2009), “Another time, Another Space”, in Dance Matters, edited by PallabiChakravorty and Nilanjana Gupta, India, Uk, and USA: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-55375-9.
(2008), Dance: Transcending Borders, edited by Urmimala Sarkar Munsi, New Delhi: Tulika Books. ISBN 978-0-415-55375-9.
(2003), “Dance as a mirror of changing perceptions of socio-cultural identity: Santal and Bhumij at the face of social change.”, in The Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, Special Issue in Memory of Late Prof. Surajit Chandra SinhaVol 38, No. 2 & 3.
(2013) “A century of negotiations: The changing sphere of the woman dancer in India” , in Women in Public Sphere: some exploratory Essays, edited by SubrataBagchi – Primus Books, New Delhi, 2013. ]. ISBN: 978-93-80607-76-4.
(2012) “Hybrid Norms? Masculine vs Feminine in Indian Dance” in Dancing Mosaic: Issues on Dance Hybridity, Edited by Mohd. Anis Md. Nor, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya & National Department for Culture and Arts, Ministry of Information Communication and Culture, Malaysia. ISBN : 978-967-0380-17-9.
(2012) “The Changing Space: Chhau as an Intangible Cultural Heritage” inThe International Journal of Arts, Culture and Heritage (iJACH), online journal of the ASWARA, National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Malaysia. 2012, (Special Edition) 1.Pp 161-178. Refereed, ISSN: 2289-3121.