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Madhur Gupta
Durga Charan Ranbir is a leading guru of contemporary Odissi. He trained in Odissi under renowned gurus Debaprasad Das and Pankaj Charan Das. Durga Charan Ranbir follows the style of his guru, Debaprasad Das, but has been successful in forging a path of his own in the dance. Many of his…
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Madhur Gupta
Mayadhar Raut is one of the most prominent gurus of Odissi. He was one of the founder members of Jayantika, an association of scholars, performers and gurus, formed in 1959, that played a major part in the reconstruction of modern Odissi. In the late 60s, he came to Delhi and started teaching…
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Dr Sunil Kothari
My Encounter with OdissiIn 1957, at the Bombay University Library, I came across a small booklet on Odissi dance authored by Kalicharan Patnaik that had a cover photo of Priyamvada Mohanty. The booklet contained a bit of early history of Odissi dance with references to the Odra Magadhi (Odisha and…
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Madhur Gupta
Born in Gaya, Bihar, and brought up in Delhi, Kumkum Lal took to dance very early in life. She learnt Bharatanatyam at school, but found her true passion when she watched Indrani Rehman perform a then nascent dance form of Odissi. She started her training under Guru Harekrishna Behera, who in turn…
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Madhur Gupta
Kumkum Mohanty was one for the early disciples of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. In the years that followed the Jayantika movement, Mohapatra created many of his signature compositions for Mohanty and Sanjukta Panigrahi. Kumkum Mohanty joined Indian Postal Service in 1970 and left the field of dance.…
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Madhur Gupta
Kumkum Mohanty was one for the early disciples of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. In the years that followed the Jayantika movement, Mohapatra created many of his signature compositions for Mohanty and Sanjukta Panigrahi. Kumkum Mohanty joined Indian Postal Service in 1970 and left the field of dance.…
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Madhur Gupta
Sharon Lowen is one of the leading Odissi performers today. She grew up in Detroit in the United States and was trained in puppetry and ballet very early in life. She also learned Manipuri under Minati Roy, and then, in 1975, came to India on a Fulbright scholarship to continue with her Manipuri…
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Madhur Gupta
Sharon Lowen is one of the leading Odissi performers today. She grew up in Detroit in the United States and was trained in puppetry and ballet very early in life. She also learned Manipuri under Minati Roy, and then, in 1975, came to India on a Fulbright scholarship to continue with her Manipuri…
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Madhur Gupta
Madhavi Mudgal is one of the acclaimed Odissi dancers today. Born in 1951, and growing up in a culturally inclined family in Delhi, Mudgal gravitated to dance and music from a very early age. She was trained in Bharatanatyam and Kathak but after watching an Odissi performance by Sanjukta Panigrahi…
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