Bhagaban Sahu

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Bhagaban Sahu
Born21 September 1914
Died12 August 2002
Known forFolk dancing
Awards Padma Shri

Bhagaban Sahu was an Indian folk dancer, teacher and choreographer, known for codifying the folk dance forms of Odisha. [1] He was born on 21 September 1914 at Ganjam in the Indian state of Odisha in a Brahmin family and took to folk dancing. [2] He was credited with efforts to revive the traditional Odissi dance forms such as Baagh Naach (Tiger dance), Stilt dance, Jodi sankha, Laudi, Paika dance and Chadheia chadheiani. [2] He taught the villagers about these dance forms and trained them on the art. He was the choreographer of the popular tiger dance sequence in the 1989 Bengali movie, Bagh Bahadur, directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta. [2]


The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 1992. [3] Sahu's life has been documented in a biography, Folk Legend Baghaban Sahu, written by Sujata Patnaik, and published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. [4] He died on 12 August 2002, a month before turning 88. [1]

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  2. 1 2 3 "Odisha ignoring Sahu in his birth centenary year". The Hindu. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  3. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. Sujata Patnaik (2006). Folk Legend Baghaban Sahu. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. p. 91. ISBN   8123013426.

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