Mandakini is a 24-year-old dance teacher from Delhi Public School. She comes from Orissa, where she resides with her parents, two sisters, and her brother. She has 2 years of training in Odissi, but she also enjoys other styles, such as Salsa and Hip Hop. She has a passion for dance and was absolutely thrilled when she was selected to be a part of Dance India Dance Season 1. Mandakini gives dance her all, and it shows. She gave a jaw-dropping performance in Episode 9 (February 27th, 2009) but was unfortunately eliminated in the following episode.