An NCPA Presentation
Sujata Mohapatra is considered a benchmark of excellence in Odissi today. Her performances and panache have catapulted the art form to the global stage. Mohapatra spent 20 years under the tutelage of Kelucharan Mohapatra. In recognition of her perseverance, vast body of work and the profound impact she has had on the Indian dance community, the Indian Government conferred on her the 2017 Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar. The temple dance form of yore is now a certified behemoth of Odisha’s heritage. Her emphasis on discipline and a transparent approach towards all tasks set her apart as a dancer.
Vaibhav Arekar, one of India’s leading male Bharatanatyam soloists, is trained under virtuoso teachers Saroja Srinath, Tangamani Nagarajan and his mentor Kanak Rele. Arekar has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya. His collaborative work in the genre of theatre-dance has created milestone productions like Haravalel Pratibimba, Mata Hidimba, Dwandwa, Shreemant Yogi, Naama Mhane – An Awakening and Trayaanta, which have received critical acclaim and are regarded as model thematic works in Bharatanatyam. His solo work includes Debotar Grash (based on Tagore’s poem) and Narmade Har Hara (in praise of river Narmada), among others. As a soloist, he has performed at prestigious dance festivals around the country. He has also founded the Sankhya Dance Company, which has performed in Japan, Brazil, Canada, the U.S., Poland, Russia, Germany, France and Australia.
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