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Leeta Mohanty

Leeta Mohanty completed her Masters Degree in Architecture from Texas A&M University, and is a practicing architect in Boston. She is also a founder member of "INDUS": India network for a dialogue on Urbanism and sustainability and has contributed articles to leading Indian Architecture magazines. In addition, she works for the US branch of Bansi Bilas, the U.S. branch of a non-profit cultural organization which was established in 1983 with the mandate to preserve and propagate Odissi, the indigenous dance form of Orissa and and later dance and music.

The earliest success of Bansi Bilas came from an in-house theatre production titled, “Basanta Raasa”, which was choreographed by Late Guru Deba Prasad Das with music direction being extended by Late Sangeet Sudhakar Shri Balakrishna Das. The production was a huge success and was enacted widely across Orissa.

In 1984, they produced an Oriya feature film by the same name, “Basanta Raasa”, which exemplified typical Odissi dance style. This film was highly appreciated and received a series of critic awards from the Government of Orissa including, Special Award to the Producer, Best Music Director and Best Child Artiste.

Leeta Mohanty can be reached at mleeta@yahoo.com

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