Aruna Mohanty and the Orissa Dance Academy

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Venue: University Theatre
Admission: $10 Tickets/ Free with Comet ID, Sohara members
Season: 2014-15

Odissi dancer Aruna Mohanty and the Orissa Dance Academy will present a spectacle of Indian classical dance. One of the oldest dance forms Odissi is characterized by its use of tribhanga- a stance that consists of bending at the neck, waist and knee to create a graceful "S" shape.


Dynamism, charisma and astounding talent makes Guru Smt. Aruna Mohanty one of the finest Odissi Dancers in the field of Odissi Dance. Smt Mohanty has always defied stereotyping. Her perception of dance and choreography is unconventional. Yet, she has been vehemently careful about preserving the basic structure and aesthetics of her beloved art form Odissi. Aruna has considered dance to be the essence of her soul. The rhythm in her feet connects her to a divine force. The perfect blend of bhava, bhangi, taala and abhinaya radiate from her performances.

She was trained and nurtured under the able guidance of Padmashree  Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. She especially excels in the abhinaya aspect of Odissi.  Beginning first as a student of the Orissa Dance Academy(ODA), she has grown into a respected performer, teacher, choreographer and administrator. She has received many awards and accolades for her contribution to the arts, including the Mahari Award (1997), Sanjukta Panigrahi Memorial National Award (2001), Fellowship by Ministry of HRD, Government of India, and the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar Award in 2010.


Orissa Dance Academy, one of the premier cultural institutions of Orissa, runs under the guidance of Guru Aruna Mohanty, a reknowned educator, performer and choreagrapher of Odissi dance. Established in the year 1975, it has made major contributions in projecting and popularising Odissi dance and music, as well as imparting intensive training to artistes both in India and abroad. It maintains a close association with several cultural institutions in India, Canada, Holland, Japan, France, Netherland, Korea and the United States of America. Upholding a rich cultural heritage, the Academy has moved ahead with its noble and dynamic mission to embrace many artistes into its cultural fold. 


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