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Famous Odissi Dancers  
 
Aadya Kaktikar
  Aadya Kaktikar

Aadya Kaktikar a disciple of Madhumita Raut is emerging as the new face of this ancient dance tradition is an accomplished Odissi Dancer who has undergone two decades of rigorous training under the able tutelage of Guru Mayadhar Raut and Madhumita Raut at “The Mayadhar Raut School of Odissi Dance” at New Delhi. She has performed extensively as a solo artist since 1992, in a number of festivals and has played a leading role in all of Guruji’s compositions for the last decade. She has played leading roles in productions such as Ritu Basant, Konark), The Geet Govind under the supervision of her Guru – Madhumita Raut. Settled in New Delhi, Aadya is currently engaged in reviving the traditional Odissi dance items and trying to
 
extend the scope of Odissi by experimenting with modern literature.  
   
   
Aditi Bandyopadhyay
  Aditi Bandyopadhyay

Aditi Bandyopadhyay is a dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher of odissi dance. She trained under the tutelage of late Padmabibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, Guru Giridhari Nayak, Smt Amala Shankar, and more presently under Guru Smt Sutapa Talukdar. Her parents Indrani and Asok Bandyopadhyay who were great conoisseurs of art had always been her sole inspiration. Aditi is a physician who has a graduate degree in medicine and surgery (MBBS) from Calcutta National Medical College, Calcutta University.

Aditi has presented 176 solo dance recitals in India and in different parts of the world, and has choreographed several dance productions of her own. .
 
Her own productions, Teen Katha and Sri Krishna Prem Gatha, have received immense appreciation at prestigious music conferences. She is the creative director of Nrityaneer, a dance institution she founded, and has presented a number of dance recitals in India with her dance troupe. She has also worked with mentally challenged children through the medium of dance and music.

In 1998, Aditi was invited to Sweden and Denmark, where she presented several solo dance recitals and conducted two dance workshops. She was felicitated by the Indian ambassador in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Aditi's solo performance and dance choreographies with her students have featured on Indian television (Doordarshan), and her dance has been appreciated by press critics in different leading newspapers and magazines.

She is the recipient of the M. P. Birla special talent award (1996), Jadubhatta Purashkar (1998) and was honoured by Indian Museum in 1997.
 
   
   
Anita Babu
  Anita Babu

For Anita Babu, “Life is Work & Work is Life”. This is so true for many people who have decided to dedicate their life to their profession. And Anita is one of them. But at the same time Anita also believes in not running away from other worldly duties. She is a teacher, dancer, housewife, mother, sister, daughter and a daughter-in-law, all rolled into one. And still she manages to do justice to all these roles with aplomb.

Coming from a simple Oriya middle-class family, she started learning Odissi at the age of 7 in her school before she became a disciple of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and has remained ever since. In a society where girls
 
learning dance after a certain age was looked down upon, she got the unstinted support of her family to continue with her dance but without ignoring normal education. Inspite of a lot of time being dedicated to Odissi, she still completed her Master in Arts degree in Anthropology from Utkal University.

Anita has been learning this dance form at the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, an institution set-up by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. Senior dancers of ODA like Nandita Pattnaik, Aruna Mohanty and Bichitrananda Swain have also played an important role in laying the foundations of Anita early in her life. She has been refining her dancing skills under the constant guidance and encouragement of her Guru as well as of the other senior students of the academy like Bichitrananda Swain and Aruna Mohanty.
 
   
   
Aruna Mohanty
  Aruna Mohanty

Aruna Mohanty is a senior disciple of Guru Gnagadhar Pradhan and an established dancer of Orissa. She has also received training from Guru Kelucharan mohapatra. She first made a mark in the early 1980s and gained fame for her duet performances with Nandita Patnaik, another leding disciple of her guru. An accomplished soloist, she has a fine grasp of dance technique and maturity in abhinaya.

She has particiapated in several festivals and has been assisting her guru in teaching and choreography at the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar. She is accompanied in her performance by two bright young disiples of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan: Ramesh Chandra Jena and
 
Madhusmita Mohanty. They are both leading dancers in the repertory of the Orissa Dance Academy. Ramesh is also a teacher in the institution.  
   
   
Arpita Venkatesh
  Arpita Venkatesh

Arpita Venkatesh is a young talented exponent of the age old dance form Odissi. Her talents rejuvenated under the able tutelage of renowned Odissi exponent Smt. Aloka Kanungo in Shinjan Nrityalaya. Initial guidance was provided to her by the maestro Guru Shri Muralidhar Majhi. She has also taken active part in prestigious productions of her Guru Smt. Aloka Kanungo such as Shakti, Sthapatya Satya, Gatagata etc. she is now also assisting Guru Smt. Aloka Kanungo. Her intimate interaction with the veteran guru of Manipuri Smt. Kalavati Devi in Maharaas, has further ameliorated her as a dancer.

This young dancer has received the prestigious Junior Fellowship from the
 
Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Govt. of India, to do research on comparative studies on “Karanas”. Her own production Satyam Jnanam Anantam which is approved by Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Department of Culture, Govt of India brought her a lot of critical acclaim. She has stood third in the Masters Degree Examination at Rabindra Bharati University and she has also secured third position in Sangeet Bivakar Examination under Bangiya Sangeet Parishad & has a unique distinction of procuring Nritya Ratna from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad and Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samity. Apart from all over India, she has performed in United Kingdom, Germany, Scotland, Bangladesh, Nepal etc.  
   
 
 
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