Odissi Dance program by Smt. Sujata Mohapatra


Sujata Mahapatra Dancer: Smt.Sujata Mohapatra


A distinguished practitioner of Odissi, Ms. Sujata Mohapatra made her initial foray into the dancing arena in her early childhood. Born into a rich cultural background, she grew up in an artistic environment that nourished her creativity and brought out her innate interest in dance.

As the disciple and daughter-in-law of the Late Guru Padmabibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, the legendary exponent of Odissi, she inherited his devotion and passion for the classical dance form. Eighteen years of rigorous training under the guidance of her Guru eventually molded her into a graceful performer from a devoted and diligent disciple. She also learnt Odissi and attended research work at the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneshwar.

Apart from being an excellent performer, Ms. Sujata Mohapatra is also actively involved in teaching Odissi. Presently, she holds the designation as the Principal of ‘Srjan’ (Odissi Nrityabhasa), a prime Odissi dance institution founded by Late Guru Padmabibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra. She also conducts workshops in various places in India.

A perfect epitome of beauty and poise, her lithesome movements, awesome stamina and large radiant eyes are a captivating treat to the audience. Her dance is renowned particularly for its unbending adherence to Guruji’s style, known for its tranquil grace, intensity of expression and technical perfection. An outstanding feature of her dance is its attractive sculpturesque quality, which lends a touch of embellishment to this oldest classical dance form of Orissa. An accomplished Odissi dancer, Ms. Sujata Mohapatra has made a mark for herself among the present generation of dancers and artists.

Ms. Mohapatra has won her whole-hearted applause from audiences world-wide. She has performed extensively in all major cities in India and abroad, including countries such as Germany for the Festival of India in 1992, in Canada, U.K. U.S.A. and Belgium in 1996, in Italy in 1995 and 1997, and in Malaysia in 1997. She has also conducted international performances as a member of ‘Srjan’ (Odissi Nrityabhasa), the dance troupe formed by Late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.