Guru Sri Ratikant Mohapatra: Finding Your Path, and Finding the Pearl

Photo Credit: Arabinda Mahapatra

Photo Credit: Arabinda Mahapatra

Guru Sri Ratikant Mohapatra, the only son of Odissi legend Guru Sri Kelucharan Mohapatra and Smt. Laxmipriya Mohapatra, has carved a niche for himself as one of Odissi’s leading Gurus, choreographers, percussionists, and organizers. He is currently the director of Srjan [Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Nrityabasa] in Bhubaneswar, and continues to travel throughout the world to impart training in Odissi. He is the key advisor to San Francisco-based Guru Shradda, and has lent his knowledge and expertise to dance practitioners throughout the world. Some of his awards include: “Pride of India 2004,” “Sanjukta Panigrahi Samman 2005,” and “Nrutya Bhushan,” by the International Dance & Theatre Festival 2005. In 2006, he choreographed and directed an Odissi presentation at Kalinga Stadium featuring 550 Odissi dancers from around the world, which was entered in the Guinness Book of World Records. Today he shares with Global Rasika his life experiences with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, finding his own path as an artist, and the current trends in Odissi. [Read more…]

Madhusmita on Odissi: Past, Present & Future

Photo of Dimple Apa

Photo Courtesy: TBA

We are delighted to have had the opportunity to sit down with Smt. Madhusmita Mohanty, recipient of the 2014 Mahari Award by the Guru Pankaj Charan Das Odissi Research Foundation. Nurtured in an artistic environment, Madhusmita was groomed as a soloist under Gurus Sri Gangadhar Pradhan, Smt. Aruna Mohanty, and Sri Bichitrananda Swain. She has performed widely in India and abroad as a soloist and as part of the Orissa Dance Academy Repertory group. For her commitment and excellence in dance, Madhusmita has also been awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar and the Padmashree Sanjukta Panigrahi Pratibha Samman. Having been involved in dance from an early age, Smt. Madhusmita Mohanty shares her thoughts on Odissi, drawing from her personal experience. [Read more…]