Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Madhulita Mohapatra


Madhulita Mohapatra
Madhulita Mohapatra is an accomplished Odissi dancer and trainer. She has received her Nrutya Acharya from Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, and Nrutya Shastri from Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy.

Born at Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi, Orissa in the year 1978, she started her Sambalpuri folk dance and Odissi in childhood. She began her initial Odissi training under Guru Krushna Chandra Sahoo at Kalahandi Kala Kendra, Bhawanipatna. Since then she has been undergoing formal and professional training under many eminent gurus. Her dedication and an extreme thirst for mastering the art of Odissi took her to Orissa Dance Academy at Bhubaneswar in 1999 under the guidance of Padmashri Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. Under the able tutelage of Guru Pabitra Kumar Pradhan she has successfully imbibed the purity and grace of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s style. Inspiring guidance of Guru Aruna Mohanty has infused in her a remarkable sense of artistry and discipline.

She has been performing Odissi on stage across the country since childhood.
Some of the programmes she has taken part are
Kalahandi Utsav, Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
National Integration Camp, Mysore, Karnataka, 1994
Dream Festival, Cuttack, 1996
The 25th All India Short-Play
Competition & Theatre Seminar, Allahabad, 1992 and 1993
Youth Festival organised by All India Radio, Jeypore, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005
Jharsuguda Festival, 2002
Performed at Doordarshan Kendra, Bhawanipatna for the TV telecast, 1999, 2000, 2001
Performed at Doordarshan Kendra, Bhubaneswar for the TV telecast, 2002
Cuttack Bali Yatra, 2005, 2007
Konark Music & Dance Festival at Konark, 2006, 2007, 2008
Mukteshwar Utsav organised by Doordarshan Kendra, Bhubaneswar, 2005
Performed solo at Ganesh Puja Mahotsav 2008 Programme organised by Orissa Cultural Association, Bangalore, 2008
Dance Jathre 2008 at Bangalore organised by Shambhavi School of Dance in collaboration with SCZCC, Nagpur
Conducted an Interactive Odissi Workshop at HAL, Bangalore and performed at the even, Bangalore, 2008
Performed solo at ZTE Telecom India Pvt. Limited programme at Bangalore, 2008
Performed solo at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore on World Dance Day Programme, Bangalore, 2009
Showcased Odissi on Sri Shankara TV Channel, 2009
Performed at Purusha Bhushana at Mysore, 2009
Presented Odissi solo at Vinayak Mahotsav at Koramangala Indoor Stadium, Bangalore, 2009
Performed solo at Kumara Uthsava at Rotary Club (West Auditorium), Mysore, 2009
Presented Odissi at Nrithya Dhare 6 at Seva Sadan Auditorium, Bangalore, 2009
Performed at Samanvaya 2009 at Town Hall, Mangalore, 2009
Performed at International IEEE Symposium at
Palace Grounds, Bangalore, 2010
Presented Odissi-Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi at Nrithya Sambrama 2010 at Sullya, 2010
Performed at Maha Shivarathri Mahotsav, Karkala, 2010
Performed at 76th All India Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Gadag, 2010
Performed solo at Sai Nrityotsava 12 at Bangalore, 2010
Performed at Vinayak Mahotsav, Bangalore, 2010
Performed at Sangam at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore, 2010
Performed at Alliance Française, Bangalore, 2010
Performed at Alvas Nudisri 2010, Mangalore, 2010
Performed at Sai Nrityotsav, Chennai, 2010
Performed at Odissi International 2010, Bhubaneswar, 2010
Performed at National Festival of Odissi Dance & Music 2010, Bhubaneswar, 2010
Apart from being a gifted Odissi dancer, she is an excellent Sambalpuri folk dancer, choreographer and performer. She was initiated in Sambalpuri folk dance by Shri Bhimsen Sahoo, Bhawanipatna. She went on to perform this folk dance form at many places in the country.
Some of the numerous programmes where she performed are
National Integration Camp, Krishna Raj Nagar, Karnataka, 1994
National Integration Camp, Mysore, Karnataka, 1994
The 25th All India Short-Play Competition & Theatre Seminar, Allahabad, 1992 and 1993
Farm & Home Programmes
organised by All India Radio, Jeypore, 1994-95
Youth Festival, Akash Vani, Jeypore, 1995, 1996, 1997
Beach Festival, Puri, 1993, 1998
Utkal Divas, Bhopal, 1996
The 50 Years of Independence, Folk Dance Festival, Bhubaneswar, 1997
Integration Camp, Pondicherry, 1996
National Integration Camp, Bhubaneswar, 2000

Academically, Madhulita Mohapatra has Masters in Commerce and Business Administration. Presently she is based at Bangalore and running her Odissi institution, Nrityantar Academy of Performing Arts at Kasturinagar, near Banaswadi, Bangalore.

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