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Andrea Albergaria


Andrea Albergaria is a Brazilian Odissi dancer and teacher, started her studies in Odissi Dance during Performing Arts Graduation Course (1994) and had developed it on workshops with names like Madhavi Mudgal, Parvatti Dutta, Sandyadipa Kar,etc. In 1997 had met Guruji Kelucharan Mohapatra in Srjan, Bhubaneswar, Orissa.


With her brazilian students, Andrea Albergaria founded Mahari Odissi Dance Company that had performed in many different places. Andrea Albergaria had been in Angola, África, to perform Odissi in Ásia Festival (2003). In 2007 had been with her Dance Company to perform at Purva International Festival, Baroda, Gujarat, organized by Guru Sharad Pandya.
She is working to publish a book in portuguese language about Orissa and Mahari Dance Tradition.


You can contact Andrea Albergaria and Mahari Odissi Dance Company on

andreaodissi@hotmail.com
http://ciamahari.tripod.com
http://www.artindia.net/odissi1html

Jagabandhu Jena

Jagabandhu Jena is a freelance journalist and odissi dance promoter. Jagabandhu started the Bhubaneswar "Devdasi National Dance Festival" in 2006. This festival is for young dancers from all eight Indian classical dance styles, besides the temple ritual dance of Puri Jagannath Temple, the "Mahari Dance" and the "Vilashini Natyam" ( the Andhra Temple dance). Jagabandhu also organizes the "Naveen Kalakar". Since 2006, the "Naveen Kalakar" has been helping to discover the hidden talents in Odissi Dance. From the year 2009 talents from odissi voal, hindustani vocal, flute, violin, sitar, tabla, odissi, pakhawaj have been included.

Jagabandhu Jena can be reached at (Jagabandhu_devdasi@yahoo.co.in)

Sumina Das


Sumina Das is a senior disciple of Guru Mayadhar Raut (the doyen of Odissi Dance) and has been under his tutelage for the past 20 years.

Sumina’s inclination towards dance began at a very young age. She joined the Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi (recognized by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development), as a disciple under eminent Guru Shri Mayadhar Raut and obtained her diploma in the Odissi form of dance in the year 1994.

Thereafter, she went on to join the Jayantika School of Odissi Dance to specialize in the finer nuances of this dance form, under the tutelage of her Guru Shri Mayadhar Raut, (founder of the said School) and Madhumita Raut who apart from being Guruji’s daughter, is an accomplished dancer and a renowned Odissi dance guru in her own right.

As a senior disciple, sumina has given numerous solo performances for past 10 years and also has been a part of Guruji’s dance entourage at various festivals for many years.


The latest events, where she has performed, are at the…Guru Shishya Parampara festival, the Shruti Mandal Dance festival at Jaipur, the Anjuman Sair- E- Gul Faroshan (Phool Waalon Ki Sair) at mehrauli, Delhi and at the Epicentre, Gurgaon.

She has also assisted her Guru Sushri Madhumita Raut, in conducting a 15 days dance workshop for Mayo Girls School, Ajmer and at the Spic Macay lecture demonstration at Govt. boys & girls school, Tilak Marg, Delhi.

Sumina specializes in the Mayadhar Raut Gharana, which is known for its Lasya, Lyricism and intense Abhinaya.

Having done her M.B.A from the Symbiosis Institute of Management , Sumina is currently working as a recruitment manager at a leading HR consulting firm in Delhi.



As a staunch believer of the Guru- Shishya Parampara, she continues to train under her Guru and aspires to propagate his teachings worldwide. Sumina is also a member of the Karmic Mantra Foundation (a voluntary organization) and is associated in their endeavour to explore, enrich and broaden the horizons of the various classical dance forms of India and creating awareness about the use of dance in education and as therapy.

Jiva Raj


MS JIVA RAJ ALSO KNOWN AS REENA RAJ IS A DEDIACTED BARATANATYAM AND ODISSI EXPONENT WITH OVER A DECADE OF EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD AND THE OPENMINDNESS OF CREATING AND WORKING WITH NEW AND UNIQUE NOT LIMITING TO INDIAN ART BUT EVERYTHING DEFINED AS PERFORMING ART. SHE HAD HER INITIAL TRAINING UNDER THE TEMPLE OF FINE ARTS JOHOR BAHRU IN BARATNATYAM AND WAS LATER GROOMED BY GURU SRI AJIT BASKARAN DASS IN BOTH BARATNATYAM AND ODISSI. SHE HAD HER INTENSIVE TRAINING IN ODISSI IN BUBANESHWAR, ORISSA UNDER SRUJAN FOR THE KELUCHARAN STYLE AND UNDER GURU SRI DURGA CHARAN RANBIR FOR THE DEBA PRASAD STYLE.

SHE FOUNDED HER OWN INSTUITION IN THE YEAR OF 1999, THE NRITYA VATIKA DANCE ACADEMY AND IS NOW ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN TRAINING ASPIRING STUDENTS IN BARATNATYAM, ODISSI, INDIAN FOLK DANCE, MALAY CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND YOGA. HER TECHNIQUE AND DISCIPLINE IN BARATNATYAM AND ODISSI KEEPS HER CHOREOGRAPHY AND STUDENTS WITH AN UNIQUE AND OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ANYWHERE. SHE DISPLAYS METICULOUS ATTENTION TO ENSURE AUTHENCITY YET BREATHES A REFRESHING NEW LIFE TO AGE OLD CLASSICAL THEMES INCLUDING BREATHTAKING SETS , COSTUMES AND THEATRICAL EFFECTS TO HER PRODUCTIONS.


HER CHARISMA AND PATIENCE MAKES HER TACKLE THE MOST DIFFICULT CHILD WHO COMES TO HER ACADEMY ALLOWING THEM TO BLOOM IN HER GARDEN OF DANCE. NRITYA VATIKA HAS STAGED MANY IMPRESSIVE REPERTOIRE AND SUCCESSFUL STAGE PRODUCTIONS IN JOHOR BAHRU, KUALA LUMPUR AND SINGAPORE.SHE HAS PERFORMED WIDELY AROUND MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE ,INDIA AND EUROPE.

APART FROM THESE SHE HAS ALSO JUDGED MANY PRESTIGEOUS DANCE COMPETITIONS IN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE AND JUDGED THE INTER SCHOOL STATE LEVEL DRAMA COMPETITION IN JOHOR BAHRU. SHE IS ALSO PURSUING HER ANTROPOLOGY IN DANCE AND PSYCOLOGY IN THEATRE AND DRAMA .
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