Sharmila Mukerjee began odissi lesson under Poushali Mukherji in Kolkata and then with the great odissi maestro, the late Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. She took part in many productions of Guru Kelucharan, participated in workshops of Sanjukta Panigrahi and also took classes with Sharmila Biswas. Sharmila established herself as one of the finest exponents of odissi in India and is a Grade A artist of Doordarshan. An artiste of the ICCR, she has travelled internationally taking in U.S, Middle East, Indonesia, Fiji besides performing in the major festivals in India. Sharmila moved to Bangalore and established Sanjali Centre for odissi where she continues to train many students as well as keeping herself busy as a solo performer. Sharmila is keen to share her art and experience with Malaysian dancers when she is in Kuala Lumpur, as her husband, Amitav Mukherjee, works here. She has connected on several occasions with Sutra and is proactive in bringing dance to the community, realising that dance has an important role to play in bringing peace, harmony and health to the community.