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Swain, Bichitrananda
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An exceptional performer, instructor and choreographer, Guru Sri Swain has emerged as one of the leading gurus of this ancient art. A product of the Orissa Dance Academy, he was trained in the Gotipua tradition of Odissi under the maestro Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. He has also received training at the Odissi Research Center under renowned Gurus like Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Pankaj Charan Das and Guru Ramani Ranjan Jena. He has served as a visiting instructor at Nrityagram, Bangalore and the Principal and Chief Instructor at Orissa Dance Academy. Currently he is the Founder-Director of Rudrakshya, Bhubaneswar. He has performed all over the world in countries like Canada, United Kingdom and has toured USA thrice with his troupe. Under his guidance Rudrakshya has emerged as a leading institute for Odissi in India
Nayak, Yudhistir
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Sri Yudhisthir Nayak was initiated in the Gotipua tradition at the age of seven. He began his training in odissi dance at the age of fifteen under the tutelage of Guru Bichitrananda Swain with the direct supervision of Guru Sri Gangadhar Pradhan. He has been awarded the senior national scholarship for young talents by the ministry of human resource development in India. He has assisted in a number of new choreographies by his Guru. He has also trained in odissi singing, odissi mardal (percussion) and Chhau Dance. He has performed in India, Canada and the US. He was a teacher-in-residence at the Center for World Music in San Diego, CA from 2005 through 2007.
Pradhan, Pabitra Kumar
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Born in the village of Nilakanthapur, Orissa, Pabitra was initiated as a gotipua dancer under the able guidance of Late Guru Mahadev Rout. Later he began training in Odissi at Nrityagram, Bangalore established by late Protima Gauri Bedi. He received further training at Orissa Dance Academy under Guru Bichitrananda Swain with the direct supervision of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. He is the recipient of Senior National Scholarship from the Govt. of India. He has performed widely over the major cities and dance festivals of India. He has travelled to and performed in Pyongyang, North Korea(Friendship Art Festival), 33rd OSA Convention, 2002 in USA, 2nd International Odissi Festival, 2003, USA and in several cities of USA in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. He performed in Glasgow Convetion- U.K, Independence Day of Bangladesh- Edinburgh and different cities of U.K like Birmingham, Manchester, and Cardiff.
Pradhan, Lingaraj
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Lingaraj started his training at the age of 15, at Orissa Dance Academy under Guru Bichitrananda Swain with the direct supervision of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. Currently being one of the upcoming artists of Rudrakshya, he is being further refined under Guru Sri Swain. He has completed his Masters in Music in Odissi Dance from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and is also the recipient of National Scholarship from the Govt. of India. He has performed in almost all the major cities and dance festivals of India. He has also the privilege of performing at OSA Convention, 2002 in USA, 2nd International Odissi Festival, 2003, USA and in several cities of USA in 2002 and 2003. He has worked as visiting faculty at Chitralekha Dance Company, Toronto, Canada.
Balabantray, Amulya Kumar
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Amulya Balabantaray started his initial training as a gotipua dancer under the able guidance of Bijay Kumar Sahoo. He was carefully nurtured under the direct supervision of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan at Orissa Dance Academy. Currently he is one of the upcoming artistes of Rudrakshya, being trained under the able guidance of Guru Bichitrananda Swain. He is the recipient of Senior National Scholarship from the Govt. of India Amulya has performed at many major dance festivals of India like Konark Dance Festival, Odissi Festival, Mamallapuram Festival, Natyanjali Festival, Odissi Sandhya, Megha Utsav, Mukteswar Dance Festival, etc. He also had the privilege of performing at the 2nd International Odissi Festival, 2003, USA. He has also performed at the major cities of USA in 2003.
Dash, Gouri Shanker
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Gourishankar started the journey of dance from a very tender age under the guidance of Guru Shree Padma Charan Dehury. He was nurtured carefully by Guru Subash Charan Swain and further his talent was refined by the renowed Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. He was awarded the esteemed National Scholarship for Odissi Dance by Govt. of India. He continued the path under Guru Shree Naba Kishore Mishra. This inborn talent was ornamented by the able tutelage of Guru Shree Bichitrananda Swain and the journey continues. He has participated in numerous states, national and international level performances and has been highly appreciated for his magical spell of dance.
Das, Mamata
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Groomed to be a dancer at a tender age of 8 at Orissa Dance Academy, under the guidance of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and Guru Kanduri Charan Behera, Mamata also had the privilege of receiving training from the great maestro Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra at Srjan. She has received the Senior National Scholarship from the Govt. of India. Currently working as an instructor in Odissi dance at YMCA, Bhubaneswar, she has also participated for Song and Drama Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India. She has participated in major dance festivals like Konark Dance Festival, Odissi Nrityotsava, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Puri Beach Festival, Kal-ke-kalakar Sammelan, Mumbai, Kharavela mahotsava, etc. Her performances abroad include shows at Italy, under Srjan and USA, arranged by YMCA.
Dutta, Sanjukta
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A promising dancer of her generation, Sanjukta has proved her talents from her childhood. She started her initial training at the age of 9 under the discerning guidance of Guru Yudhisthir Nayak. She is under the direct supervision of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, at Orissa Dance Academy. Currently pursuing her Masters in Music at Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar, she has also been awarded the Senior National Scholarship from Govt. of India. She has travelled all over India and participated in major festivals like National Festival of New Choreographies, New Delhi, Kalidas Samaroh, Ujjain, Konark Dance Festival, Puri Beach festival, etc. She has performed solo at Sangeet Natak Akademi, Bhubaneswar and has won accolades in various competitions.
Panda, Arupa Gayatri
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Arupa was initiated into dance at the tender age of three by Guru Sri Pusparanjan Magaraj, Director of Nrutyanjali. She received further training from Smt. Sarita Mishra in the late Guru Sri Deba Prasad Das's style of Odissi. She has been training under her current Guru, Smt. Madhusmita Mohanty under the direct supervision and guidance of Guru Sri Gangadhar Pradhan, Founder-Director of the Orissa Dance Academy, as well as renowned dancer Smt. Aruna Mohanty.Arupa has performed widely for prestigious festivals throughout India to include The Konark Dance and Music Festival, Utkal Divas, Puri Beach Festival. She also toured to the States with Nrityagram, the prestigious dance institute founded by the late Pratima Gauri Bedi, in 2005. She has earned many accolades and awards for her dance to include the Junior National Scholarship, the Silpeeshree Award, and the Padmashree Sanjukta Panigrahi Scholarship.
Padhi, Moushumi Madhuchandra
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Moushumi Madhuchhanda Padhi started the dancing career at the age of three. She was initiated into dance under the guidance of Guru Anita Singhdeo. Her dance was further nutured by Guru Naba Kishore Mishra and Guru Sushant Kumar Dash. At present her dance is being refined and polished under the tutelage and descerning guidance of the renowned master Guru Bichitrananda Swain. She has performed at many major festivals like Konark Festival, Puri Beach Festival, Shreekshetra Utsav, Dhauli Festival, Rajgiri Festival, Kharavel Festival etc. She also got the privilege of performing at the International Odissi Festival, Bhubaneswar. Moushumi has a compelling and arresting stage presence with rare combination of intensity and spontaneity.
Panda, Binod Bihari
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He was trained from his childhood under his father in Odissi Music. Later he joined Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and was further refined under the guidance of Guru Gopal Chandra Panda, Guru Bhikari Bal and Guru Ramahari Das. He then joined Odissi Research Centre for higher studies under Guru Deepak Kumar Basu. He has received the Senior National Scholarship from Govt. of India and is also a graded artist of AIR. Having worked with major Gurus like Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Guru Pankaj Charan Das, Guru gangadhar Pradhan, etc. He has also participated solo performer and music composer. He has travelled widely both inside India and abroad.
Barik, Bijaya Kumar
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Guru Sri Barik was groomed to play Mardal(Odissi drum) by noted Gotipua Gurus like Guru Rajiv Dalai and Guru Birabara Sahoo. Later he joined Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and completed Masters in Music in mardal. Here he further refined his technique under the guidance of the legendary Guru Banamali Maharana and Guru Dhaneswar Swain. Guru Gangadhar Pradhan helped him master the art of playing during Odissi dance recitals. He has travelled widely and performed with almost all the gurus and senior Odissi dancers. He has done major shows in many countries abroad. He has received Senior National Scholarship from the Govt. of India. He has also played and performed in Miranair’s movie Kamasutra. Presently he is working as the chief instructor of Mardal at the Orissa Dance Academy.
Mishra, Jyotindra Prasad
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Jyotindra Prasad Mishra started his initial training in instrument of Sitar under the guidance of great Sitar gurus. He obtained his masters degree in Sitar with gold medal fron Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh. He is a regular brodcaster in radio and T.V. since 1990. He has travelled widely all over the world as a solo performer and as an accompanist in odissi dance recitals.
Mishra, Jabahar
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Jabahar Mishra started his training in flute from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar and received advanced training from Prof. Mohini Mohan Pattnayak and Sri Ashok Banerjee. He completed his Masters in Music in flute from the university. Being a recipient of Senior Scholarship from Govt. of India, he also achieved 1st position in National Classical Music Competition held by All India Radio and was awarded gold medal and recognised as a graded artist AIR and Doordarshan. He has performed both solo and as accompanist with many great dancers and singers and has participated in many classical concerts inside and outside Orissa. His performances abroad include shows at USA and North Korea.