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 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. After completing her graduation, she moved to Bhubaneswar, where she was guided and groomed by Guru Pabitra Kumar Pradhan. Later on she joined Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar and continued her Odissi under the guidance of Padmashri Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and Guru Smt Aruna Mohanty. She pursued her academics along with her dance and completed her Masters in Business Administration and Commerce.

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

* 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

* Ganesh Puja 2008 Programme organised by Orissa Cultural Association, Bangalore

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 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

* 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

Madhulita Mohapatra has Masters in Commerce and Business Administration. Presently she is based at Bangalore and running her Odissi school, Charuja Dance Academy at Kasturinagar, near Banaswadi, Bangalore.

She can be reached at; Phone No. +91-80-42052233

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