Changing Paradigms in Odissi Dance: Contributors July 2015

Ayona Bhaduri is a professional Odissi dancer who has been engaged in dance administration, research and teaching for the last fifteen years. An accredited member of International Dance Council CID, UNESCO, she is also empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and is also a recipient of Senior National Scholarship from Ministry of Culture, Government of India.  Ayona has performed extensively in India and abroad to critical acclaim. Based in Kolkata as an independent artist, she is currently pursuing a dance research project aided by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi under the scheme – ‘Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India.’ Ayona can be reached at: and

Fátima Montero is a graduate in History (Licenciatura). She received her Masters Degree in Archaeology and Heritage (her thesis focused on the relations between the Roman Empire and India) by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She holds a special diploma in Indian and Irianian studies by the Universidad de Salamanca. She was awarded an ICCR scholarship to continue her dance studies at Srjan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa from 2014-2015. Fatima will continue her work to promote Indian classical arts in Spain by Ekadâ, the cultural association based in Madrid of which she is one of the founding members. Fatima can be reached at

Merle O’Brien is a qualified futurist busy with her Phd into ‘the dance of creativity’ exploring the radical innovation this holds for the confluence of creative lifescience, technology and indigenous knowledge to alter the future in sustainable and positive ways. She was recently selected by MIT D-Lab one of 25 global scholars for its IDDS D’Kar Summit in Africa 2015. She is the founder and principal of Odissi Niketan Africa where she teaches and performs with her students. She received her foundation training in Odissi from Guru Smt Yogini Gandhi and went on to train in Bhubaneshwar at Srjan as well as at the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre. She can be reached at or see

Ashwini Raghupathy is a Tedx speaker, holds a Limca World Record and is the director of ARPANA, an organization based in Bangalore to promote Odissi. Performing widely since 1998, her focus over the past few years has been in engaging people to tap the benefits of dance. In the NGO sector she has worked with diverse communities including children with disabilities, women who are victims of domestic violence, tribals, transgenders,sex-workers etc. She has also worked with street theatre movements across Jharkand and Orissa.  She has been invited by several corporate organizations such as Infosys, CGI to use dance as a tool for employee engagment. Apart from this she has a keen interest in nutrition, music and striking conversations with strangers. Ashwini can be reached

Debiprasad Sahoo is a 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: Debiprasad can be reached at

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