Re-Examining Pedagogy in Odissi Dance: Contributors March 2015

Aastha Gandhi is an independent performance researcher and a dancer, following Guru Surendranath Jena style of Odissi. She researched on Odissi dance, its historiography, practice and problems within the established parampara, as part of her M. Phil dissertation (2006- 2008), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her subsequent work has been published in Conference Proceedings of WDA- Global Summit, “Dance Dialogues: conversations across cultures, artforms and practices” Brisbane (2009) and WDA’s Journal of Emerging Dance Scholars (2013). She is also an active member of World Dance Alliance and has participated in its various festivals in different capacities; master class trainer, paper presentation and performance at its various festivals in Hong Kong (2006), Australia (2008) and France (2014). She also performed in Japan as a part of a month- long cultural exchange programme (2008).Her current area of research engages with city space and its evolving metaphors of performance, at scholarly as well as performance level. She can be reached at

Shashwati Garaighosh is an Odissi dancer groomed as a soloist under Smt. Sharmila Biswas. She received her Masters from Rabindra Bharati University in Kolkota. Currently the lead dancer at the Odissi Vision and Movement Center, (OVM), the Odissi dance institute founded by Smt. Sharmila Biswas, Shashwati also serves as the Rehearsal Supervisor and Head Instructor for dance trainees at OVM. She is the first recipient of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman. She has also received the Shringar Mani award, Odissi Jyoti award , Nalanda Nritya  Nipuna Award. Shashwati has also received National Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Shashwati founded her own Odissi dance institute, ‘Angashuddhi’ in Kolkota. She can be reached at

Dr. Shreelina Ghosh is a professor of English/Professional & Technical Communication at Dakota State University. She earned her PhD in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University. Shreelina’s research interests mostly center around the intersections of cultural and digital rhetoric and performance. Her current research examines the use of technology as a tool for online and hybrid learning. Her study reveals the relationship between traditional and online teaching, and the impact of mediation on pedagogic practices. Shreelina is a disciple of Guru Aloka Kanungo and has practiced the art of Odissi for over thirty years. Shreelina can be reached at

Aadya Kaktikar An Odissi dancer, teacher and performer, Aadya works at the crossroads of contemporary education practices and traditional dance pedagogy. She is also the author of ‘Odissi Yaatra’ which documents the reconstruction of Odissi in the culturally vibrant years of the 40s, 50s and 60s.  Currently pursuing her Masters in Teaching Dance at the Royal Academy of Dance London, Aadya is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Education and Arts Design and Performing Arts in the Shiv Nadar University. She can be reached at

Debiprasad Sahoo is budding photographer based in Bhubaneswar with a passion for Odissi dance. He is also a web application developer and entrepreneur by profession. His photography page can also be found Facebook: He can be reached at

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