Mediating Culture: Contributors August 2016

Silvana Duarte is an acknowledged exponent of Odissi in Brazil in the last two decades. Her professional background includes classical and modern ballet dance, jazz, yoga, and movement re-education. Duarte teaches Odissi and Yoga at her own studio, Padmaa – Arte e Cultura and at Indian Cultural Centre of the Consulate General of India São Paulo in Brazil. Silvana can be reached at:

Saswat Joshi is an Odissi dancer, teacher, choreographer and organiser currently based in Bhubaneswar. A recipient of the National Scholarship and Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Saswat is also gold medalist in Nritya Visharad, and received the Sangeet Ratna from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He founded a dance institute, Lasyakala in Bhubaneswar which currently has branches throughout India as well as Italy, France, UK, and Hungary. He also organises an annual festival, “Aekalavya,”  to honour the tradition of  Guru -Shishya parampara. Saswat 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

Dr. Susil Pani was born in to a family of traditional cultural connousseours and academics. He is a (MBBS,DO, DNB) Eye Specialist Surgeon, presently stationed at Puducherry, India. His clinical place of travail is mainly his own clinic ‘RAGHU EYE CLINIC’ named after his father late Dr Raghunath Pani who was a prominent educationist, singer, and music composer of Odisha. Dr Susil Pani has been a passionately creative photographer since his college days. His area of interest has been Indian classical dance, temple cars, nature etc. His work can be found at and Dr. Susil Pani can be reached at


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