Guru Bichitrananda Swain: Dance and Devotion


Guru Sri Bichitranda Swain is a force to be reckoned with. Answering the call of his childhood dream, he immersed himself in dance despite great difficulty. As a result of his hard work, unrelenting drive and determination over the years, Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain has emerged as one of the leading Odissi choreographers of his generation. His impressive body of work, spanning over two decades, reflects his depth, sensitivity and understanding of the art form and has earned international acclaim from dance critics and connoisseurs alike.

After having served as Principal of Orissa Dance Academy for many years, Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain started his own institution, Rudrakshya, in 2003. Under the banner of Rudrakshya, he and his students have toured various cities throughout India, the USA, Canada, and Sri Lanka. A meticulous and highly sought-after teacher, Guru Bichitrananda Swain has trained a number of today’s leading soloists. Rudrakshya remains a home to many young aspiring male dancers who lack the financial means and support to pursue their dance training. Guru Bichitrananda Swain and his students have imparted training to hundreds of students both in India and abroad. During the course of a long tete-e-tete with Global Rasika, he very candidly shared his struggles and triumphs on the path of becoming who he is today.

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