This article has multiple issues. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page . (Learn how and when to remove these template messages)(Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Born||4 April 1960|
Aruna Mohanty (born April 4, 1960) is an Odissi dancer, choreographer and guru. She is currently the Secretary of the Orissa (Odisha) Dance Academy.She has received a number of awards for her work, including the Padmashree award.
Aruna Mohanty started her training in Odissi under Shrinath Rout and Gobinda Pal. In 1972 she started training under Gangadhar Pradhan. She has also received guidance in the dance form from Pankaj Charan Das, Kelucharan Mohapatra, Sanjukta Panigrahi and Sonal Mansingh.
She has also received training in Odissi music from Nirmal Mohanty and Shantanu Das.
Aruna Mohanty has nearly five decades of experience as a dancer and choreographer.
Her choreographed works include Srushti O Pralay depicting the super cyclone that hit Odisha in 1999, Sravana Kumar, Kharavela, Jatra Baramasi, Gatha Odissi, Pratinayak, Krishna Sharanam, several Ashtapadis from Jayadeva's Gita Govinda , and Siddhartha based on the novel of the same name by the German novelist Hermann Hesse.
She has used her art to examine contemporary and social issues; for example. in Naari, gender stereotypes and the status of women in society are explored through the lives and stories of several women in Indian literature and history, such as Sita, Draupadi, Mandodari and Nirbhaya.
She has conducted research on dance, focusing on topics such as the representation of the male dancer in classical sculpture and the evolution of Odissi in the post-Independence era.
She has been a visiting scholar at several universities in the United States of America, such as the University of California, University of South Carolina and Cornell University.
Odissi, also referred to as Orissi in older literature, is a major ancient Indian classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Odisha – an eastern coastal state of India. Odissi, in its history, was performed predominantly by women, and expressed religious stories and spiritual ideas, particularly of Vaishnavism. Odissi performances have also expressed ideas of other traditions such as those related to Hindu gods Shiva and Surya, as well as Hindu goddesses (Shaktism). The theoretical foundations of Odissi trace to the ancient Sanskrit text Natya Shastra, its existence in antiquity evidenced by the dance poses in the sculptures of Odissi Hindu temples, and archeological sites related to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. and was suppressed under the British Rule. The suppression was protested by the Indians, followed by its revival, reconstruction and expansion since India gained independence from the colonial rule.
Sanjukta Panigrahi was a dancer from India, who was the foremost exponent of Indian classical dance Odissi. Sanjukta was the first Odia woman to embrace this ancient classical dance at an early age and ensure its grand revival.
Odissi music is a genre of classical music in India, originated from the eastern state of Odisha. The traditional ritual music for the service of Lord Jagannatha, Odissi music has a history spanning over two thousand years, authentic sangita-shastras or treatises, unique Ragas & Talas and a distinctive style of rendition.
PanditRaghunath Panigrahi was an Odissi music Guru, vocalist, composer and music director. A noted singer of the Gita Govinda. He also sang in the popular Telugu movies like Ilavelupu and Jayabheri. He left a promising career in film music in Chennai to provide vocal support to his wife, Sanjukta Panigrahi, a legendary Odissi performer and composer. He also sang for few Odia and Kannada movies. He made a lifetime contribution of promoting, propagating and popularizing the life and works of Jayadeva and the cult of Lord Jagannatha.
Gangadhar Pradhan was an eminent Odissi (Orissi) exponent and teacher, who founded the Konark Natya Mandap in Konark Puri in 1986 and organised dance festivals in the temple city. Born on 10 July 1948 in Parikula in Puri in the Indian state of Odisha, he died in Bhubaneswar on 11 October 2010. He had several leading dancer-disciples, besides earning top national and international honours.
Sujata Mohapatra is an Indian classical dancer and teacher of Odissi dancing style.
Ratikant Mohapatra is a dancer, percussionist, Guru, and Choreographer and archivist of Odissi. Under the direction and choreography of Ratikant Mohapatra, 555 Odissi dancers, a large number of them belonging to foreign countries, performed in unison at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar to enter their names in the Guinness Book of World Records. Odissi Dance entered into Indo-Chinese Movie The Desire under the choreography of Guru Ratikant Mohapatra. thumb
Kumkum Mohanty is an Odishi dancer.
Guru Pankaj Charan Das is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer and the Ādi Guru of Odissi dance. He is known as the 'Father of Odissi dance'. He was the adopted son of a mahari Ratna Prabha Devi and from her he learnt the art of devotional movement. He was responsible to revive the dance form that later became the base for birth of Odissi. He was the man who was responsible for bringing odissi out of the temple precincts into broad daylight. He was also awardees of Padmashree in 1992. His dance was laden with bhakti rasa and each of its movements spelt the holy name of Lord Jagannath. He strictly followed the mahari style in his dance. He was especially adept in group choreographies and has left his indelible impression on masterpieces like Glānisanghāra, Matrubandanā, Balagopālashtaka and many more. His expertise dealt with both Odia and Sanskrit language. His choreographed dance episodes based on the lives of great poets of India Kalidas and Jayadeba. In mid-life he was made the head of department of Odissi dance, in Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, the only college of dance & music of Odisha. He was associated with the college for more than 25 years and later retired as the Principal.
Geeta Mahalik is an Indian Odissi dancer. The Government of India honoured her Padma Shri in 2014 for her services to the field of art and culture.
Minati Mishra was an Indian classical dancer and actress, known for her expertise in the Indian classical dance form of Odissi. She was reported in 2011 to be the oldest-living Odissi performer. The Government of India honored Mishra in 2012, with the fourth-highest civilian award of Padma Shri.
Deba Prasad Das was an Indian classical dancer, considered by critics and connoisseurs as one of the four first generation gurus of the Indian classical dance form of Odissi. His Odissi style is robust and unique. He was a recipient of the 1977 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. and 1974 Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.
Leena Mohanty is a leading exponent of Odissi dance. She has won many awards, such as the Ustad Bismillah Khan Youth award, the Mahari award, the Sanjukta Panigrahi award and performed in many shows throughout the world. She has choreographed dance pieces and items and has taught students throughout the world. Her main bases and centers of learning are in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and New York City, though she has performed in many other places.
Sharmila Mukerjee is an Odissi Dancer and Choreographer, a disciple of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She is the founder and artistic director of Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance, Bangalore which was established in 2004. She is the recipient of the Mahari Award.
Banamali Maharana was an Indian percussionist. He was famous for playing Mardala. He was awarded with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2004.
Bhubaneswar Mishra was an Indian music director and a classical violin player. He was an exponent of Odissi, Hindustani and Carnatic style of playing the violin. He teamed up with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia to score music for Hindi and Odia films.
Mardala is a percussive instrument native to the east Indian state of Odisha. It is traditionally used as the primary percussive instrument in the ancient classical music of the state, Odissi music. The instrument is different from other instruments that might have similar names in the Indian subcontinent due to its unique construction, acoustic features and traditional playing technique.
Dr. Gopal Chandra Panda is an eminent Guru of Odissi classical music, vocalist, researcher and composer. He has authored several treatises on Odissi music, such as Odissi Raga Ratnabali, Odissi Raga Darpana and more. He is acclaimed for his meticulous collection of hundreds of traditional Odissi compositions spanning decades and his effort in recovering, codifying and documenting several authentic Odissi ragas from ancient treatises & veteran musicians. He has performed in several prestigious music festivals across the country and is the founder of the Gopal Panda Odissi Academy, an institution for research and training of Odissi music. Panda's compositions are widely sung in Odissi music recitals and employed in Odissi dance. In 2011, Panda received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contributions to Odissi music, from President Pranab Mukherjee.
Ramhari Das is an eminent Odissi music Guru, professor, singer, musicologist, scholar and composer. Well-known for his renditions, compositions, lecture-demonstrations and writings, he has to his credit several illustrious students, many of whom are established artistes in their own right. He has served as a professor and led the Odissi vocal department in some of the most prestigious institutions of musical education in Odisha, including the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and the Utkal University of Culture. He is the founder of Ramhari Das Odissi Gurukula at Biragobindapur, Puri. For his contributions to Odissi music, Das received the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 2008.
Dhaneswar Swain is an eminent exponent and Guru of the Odissi Mardala, the traditional percussion instrument of Odissi music. He is known for his intricate rhythmic compositions and clean fingering techniques, as well as his pioneering efforts to promote solo Mardala recitals and group presentations combining myriad traditional percussive instruments of Odisha. He is the founder of Vadya Vani Gurukula, an institution for training and research in Odissi Mardala and other traditional percussion instruments of Odisha.