Surupa Sen was the first student at Nrityagram, where she began her Odissi training with the late body language genius and architect of Odissi, Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. She also studied Odissi with Protima Gauri, founder of Nrityagram, and Abhinaya with Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan.
As a child she studied Bharatanatyam to which she attributes her pre-occupation with form and line. Attracted to choreography from her first exposure to western makers of dances, she has worked with dancers and choreographers from across the globe.
For over two decades, Surupa has worked with Bijayini Satpathy to research and expand the dance vocabulary of Odissi dance and together they have developed a style that distinguishes the dancers of the Nrityagram School.
Surupa has performed, in solo and duet recitals and ensemble, across India and the world.
She has created five evening-length Ensemble works for Nrityagram - Sri In Search of the Goddess (2001), Ansh (2004), Sacred Space (2006), Pratima: Reflection (2008), Samhara (2012).