Ramya Ragini Pati

Ramya Ragini Pati first began learning Odissi Dance at the tender age of 4. Under the guidance of her Guru she has performed at several stage shows all over the India.

As a soloist Ms. Ramya prefers performing abhinaya but she has also learned six different kinds of Pallavia; Pallavi, Basant Pallavi, Kalyan Pallavi, Kalavati Pallavi and Kafi Pallavi. She performs abhinayas from the Geeta Govindam or from poems by poets Banamali Dash and Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja etc. In Mangalacharan Ramya has learned Kalika and Ganesh Tandava. Apart from two kinds of Batu Nritya she has also learned two varieties of Mokshya Nata.

Guru’s Name: Sri Bharat Charan Giri
School of Dance: Bharati Nritya Mandir
Style of Dance: Guru Deba Prasad Das School of Dance
Qualification in Dance: Nritya Visarad with distinction from
Gandharva: Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai.
Educational Qualification: MBA.

( In India )
-- Soorya festival,Trivendrum 2005
-- Surajkand Mela,Haryana 2006
-- Chattarpur Shiv Ratri Utsav,Delhi 2006
-- Bharat Parva,Bhopal,Madhya Pradesh 2003
-- Ustaad Allaudin Sangeet Samaroho,Jhansi Madhya Pradesh 2004
-- Shantiniketan festival,West Bengal 2003
-- Bisnupur festival,West Bengal 2003
-- Nababadweep festival,West Bengal 2004
-- Ujjain Kumbha mela,Madhaya Pradesh 2004

Other Performances
In Orissa State-Bhubaneshwar,Cuttack,Talcher, Puri,Keonjhar, Damanjodi,Koraput,Dhenkanal,bouad,Paradeep and various other places.
Media Performances
--She has performed several dance dramas with group,solo and duet choreography by my Guru Sri Bharat Charan Giri for various channels like Doordarshan , Orissa Television ( OTV ) and Etv.

For more information, Ramya Ragini Pati may be reached at:

August 16: Raas Lila (New Delhi)

India Habitat Centre, New Delhi presents Odissi Dance Ballet - 'Raas Lila' based on the dying art form Padabali Kirtan by Smt Debamitra Sengupta & her troupe under HCL Concert Series on August, 16 at 7.00 pm.

Rajashri Praharaj

Rajashri Praharaj is an accomplished artiste of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra gharana of Odissi. She has been dancing since early age. Her formal training in Srjan (Odissi Nrityabasa) as a resident student under the able tutelage of her Guru Shri Ratikant Mohapatra, made her capable to master the art and technique of Odissi dance. Rajashri has imbibed within herself the essence of this style with purity and perfection. Her dance has the excellent blend of sensuous movement and graceful footwork with absolute control of laya. She has performed widely as a soloist in India and internationally at Bangkok, Malaysia and USA. She has also traveled with the repertory group of Srjan and attended the master classes in Summer Workshop 2002 and 2003 conducted by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

A versatile with immense potential, Rajashri charms the audience with her beauty and grace combined with her confidence on the stage. she has participated in Kalke Kalakar of Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai and won the “Sringaramani” title. In the year 2004, the Ministry of Culture, Govt.of India, has awarded her the National scholarship in Odissi dance. For the Deepavali Festival 2007 She was invited to perform at Vedic Heritage, New York by Her Holiness Guruma Smt. Jyotishanand Saraswati in Pt. Jasraj Auditorium. She has been awarded “Nalanda Nrutya Nipuna 2008” for her outstanding performance in Odissi dance at Mumbai Festival in 2007.

Rajasri’s performance in Odissi Dance Festival, organized by Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy - the New Indian Express in one of its reviews writes that – Rajashri’s technical perfection combined with feminine grace gave glimpses of her bright future as a promising dancer with distinct signature of the Kelucharan ‘Gharana’.

Apart from performing, Rajashri is also involved in teaching Odissi. Although totally dedicated to dance, Rajashri has also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Cutural University, Orissa.

Arpita Venkatesh

Arpita Venkatesh is a young talented exponent of the age old dance form Odissi. Her talents rejuvenated under the able tutelage of renowned Odissi exponent Smt. Aloka Kanungo in Shinjan Nrityalaya. Initial guidance was provided to her by the maestro Guru Shri Muralidhar Majhi. She has also taken active part in prestigious productions of her Guru Smt. Aloka Kanungo such as Shakti, Sthapatya Satya, Gatagata etc. she is now also assisting Guru Smt. Aloka Kanungo. Her intimate interaction with the veteran guru of Manipuri Smt. Kalavati Devi in Maharaas, has further ameliorated her as a dancer.

This young dancer has received the prestigious Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Govt. of India, to do research on comparative studies on “Karanas”. Her own production Satyam Jnanam Anantam which is approved by Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Depertment of Culture, Govt of India brought her a lot of critical acclaim. She has stood third in the Masters Degree Examination at Rabindra Bharati University and she has also secured third position in Sangeet Bivakar Examination under Bangiya Sangeet Parishad & has a unique distinction of procuring Nritya Ratna from Bangiya Sangeet Parishad and Sangeet Prabhakar from Prayag Sangeet Samity. Apart from all over India, she has performed in United Kingdom, Germany, Scotland, Bangladesh, Nepal etc.

What brings fulfillment to the achievements and aspirations of this young dancer is her role as teacher. She is engaged in bestowing her knowledge of Odissi to her students, who will carry on this ancient art form for years to come. She is a strict yet loving teacher when she perfects the postures of her students at her own school Malashree. Her efforts bore fruit when some of her students received the prestigious CCRT scholarship, Govt. of India. Malashree has also received a Govt. Grant for the production “Sabujer Deshe”. She has composed and choreographed several dance items, namely –

Satyam Jnanam Anantam
Sabujer Deshe
Chatusprana - Collage of Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kathak & Manipuri
Chanda Madhuri (Odissi Dance composed with Manipuri)
Jala – Sthala – Antariksha
Pancha Bhoot

Memorable Solo Performances
Uday Shankar Dance Festival
Nrityanjali - at Rabindra Sadan – organized by Shinjan Nrityalaya.
Padatik Dance Centre
Utkal Divas – Organised by Utkal Shiksha Sansad
Geeta Jayanti Utsav
Ustad Bahadur Khan Sangeet Academy
Brahmin Baria Music Circle
Haldia Music Circle
ICCR Program in collaboration with Birla Academy
Dover Lane Music Conference for Lalit Kala Kendra (performed as well as choereographed).
Odissi Nritya Utsav organized by Rajya Sangeet Academy
Programme organized by ICCR – India’s Independence Celebration

Notable International Performances
Indian Embassy – Berlin, Germany
Programme at Nehru Centre – London, United Kingdom
Bengali Association - Scotland
Bangla Television – London, United Kingdom
ICC Organised Programme – Kathmandu, Nepal
Dhaka Television – Dhaka, Bangladesh

Media Performances
Doordarshan – Kolkata
Tara – Bangla
ATN – Bangla

Along with Guru Smt.Aloka Kanungo & Shinjan Nrityalaya
· Khajuraho Dance Festival
· Shri Shankar Dev Festival – Guwahati
· Soorya Festival – Trivandrum
· Swaralaya Festival – Palghat
· Thalam – Thrissur
· Festival of Folk Dance – Pune
· Spring festival – Rourkela Music Circle
· Utkal Divas
· Impressario India – New Delhi
· Nisha Gandhi Festival
· Kalaskhetra Annual Festival

Caroline Upasana Martin

(USA - India - Nepal)

Caroline Upasana Martin's six years of study in Kalakshetra Bharatanatyam became a foundation to explore sacred dances of South Asia. In Nepal, she studies the Vajrayana Buddhist devotional dance Newar Charya Nrtya, based on the Tantric Charyapada once practiced throughout Orissa, Bengal, Assam & Nepal. In Delhi, she has recently began learning Odissi in the style of Surendranath Jena with Pratibha Jena Singh.

Caroline's work concerns both the internal bhakti experience involved in "transforming" oneself into the divine, as well as in studying and transmitting the historical and cultural connections between the region's sculpture, literature, arts and spiritual practices, in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. She is currently working on a living presentation of the Yogini Mandala, and presents lecture-demonstrations of Newar Charya Nrtya.

Subhalaxmi Samal

Born in 1985 Subhalaxmi Samal started learning Odissi dance in Art Vision in the year 1997 under the able guidance of Padmashree Guru Dr Ileana Citaristi. She has started her career as an Odissi dancer as a child artist. She is a dedicated Odissi dancer par excellence having 10+ years of stage performance exposure starting from the year 2000. She has by now given performances in all major festivals extensively through the state and country.Some of her noticeable performances were at palermo(Italy), Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Mysore, Banglore, Hydrabad, Chennai, Bokaro and Puri Beach Festival, Mukteswar Mohatsav, Dhauli Mohatsav, Konark Festival, Ekamra Festival,International Odissi Festival etc. in Orissa.

Her artistic qualification includes NRUTYA BHUSHAN (PURNA) from Sangeet Natak Academy and VISHARADA (PURNA) from Akhila Bharatiya Gandharba Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai. She had conferred with ‘ODISSI JYOTI’ award in the year of 2008.

She has completed her MA in Sociology from Utkal University, Orissa and she has totally dedicated herself to Odissi dance.

Subhalaxmi Samal can be reached at

Odissi, Balinese Dance and Shakti dance

Barbara Mintz will be offering ongoing classes and workshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina - September until mid December.

Classes will be offered in Odissi dance as well as Balinese Dance and Shakti dance.
Please contact for more information and details:

Barbara Mintz

Soumya Bose

Soumya Bose initially trained into odissi dance at his hometown Kolkata, in his childhood, at Odissi Vision and Movement Centre, Soumya completed primary and secondary course of odissi dance there.He was soon drawn towards the fluidity and lyrical mysticism of pure Odissi. So, he came to orissa (The land of Lord Jagannath)for better training. He learnt odissi dance from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Center for two years. Now he is being further nurtured under Guru Shree Naba Kishore Mishra at 'Abartta '.and performing widely as a senior and solo artist in his troupe. He received the benefit of learning under the guidance of great teachers at Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre. He also had the privilege to learn from Guru Shree Manoranjan Pradhan. He is now continuing graduation in Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya ,Bhubaneswar.

Nisha Leena Sinha Roy

Dr. Nisha Leena Sinha Roy, a sishya of Dr. Chandrabhanu and Ambika
Docherty in Melbourne, Australia, was the first Odissi debutant from
the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy (based in Melbourne). Her debut
was also the first Odissi Manchpravesh to be presented in Australia.

Nisha was born in Alor Setar, North Malaysia to parents of Bengali
origin. She grew up in the southern Malaysian town of Seremban where
she attended the Seremban Convent School both in her primary and
secondary years. Her family has been in the field of music and theatre
for several generations. Dwarkanath Ghosh, a forefather, invented the
first hand Dwarkin harmonium. She is the grandniece of Padmabhushan
Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh, a singer, composer and tabla artist who
trained three generations of artists. Her grandmother, Anima Das Gupta
is a classical singer trained by the acclaimed Dagar Brothers; and
along with her mother became members of the Bengali Theatre movement

With a family background in Bengali Folk Dances and Rabindra Sangeet,
Nisha started dance at the age of 3, learning Bengali folk dances from
her mother Dr. Esha Das Gupta and Smt Dipti Pal, who trained under
Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra in Odissi. Nisha also started learning the
fundamentals of Bharata-Natyam at the age of 8 under Malaysian teacher
Krishna Kumari. She commenced studies in Bharata-Natyam and Odissi at
the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy in 2003 and progressed in both
dance forms very steadily.

Over the years she has performed in several professional level
productions with Chandrabhanu and the Bharatalaya Academy. In Odissi,
the major part of her training has been done under Ambika Docherty,
who guided her from the basics to advanced repertoire work. Nisha has
participated in Odissi workshops held by the Bharatalaya Academy with
acclaimed guest and associate teacher and dancer from Mumbai, Daksha
Mashruwala from 2006 - 2008. She has also undertaken
Dance-in-Education performances in schools throughout Victoria,
Melbourne with Dr. Chandrabhanu and Ambika Docherty, as well as
trained under them for stage and lighting management. She has extended
her music studies with Hindustani and Odissi Vocal Music under Krushna
Chandra Ray.

Nisha holds a PhD in Mobile Information Systems Design from Monash
University, Melbourne, Australia.

Shayomita Dasgupta

Shayomita Dasgupta's love for dance transcends all barriers and endows in her a feeling of heavenly bliss & tranquility. She delved into the arena at a very tender age of four when she nutured the nuances of Kathak & Manipuri form of dences. Subsequently, she welcomed with open arms other dance forms as well and took on Odissi in the early nineties as her source of sustenance and creativity. She recalls her acquaintances with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in 1995 as the turning point in her life and career. Along with the doyen, she churned up major roles in dance sequences which won her laurels. Her acquaintances with SRJAN brought her in close association to Guru Ratikant Mohapatra and mede her familiar with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Gharana. She has been performing in various TV channels with distinction notable Doordarshan, Tara Music, to name a few.
Trained in Odissi form of dance under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed doyen of odissi dance Late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Associated with Guru Ratikant Mohapatra through association of SRJAN.
Performing in various TV channels with distinction notably Doordarshan, Tara Music to name few.
Recipient of National Scholarship under Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, awarded by The Ministry of Human Resources Development, New Delhi in 1996.
Awarded Sangeet Bivakar by Bangiya Sangeet Parishad in 1996.o Gold Medallist at Youth Festival in 1996.
Secured the first position in the competition organized by Paschim Banga rajya sangeet Academy in 2002.o Earned unqualified appreciation for participating in dance composition on‘Vande Mataram’ & also for appearing as Sita in dance drama ‘Dashanan’,both performed,directed & choreographed by Late Guru Kelacharan Mohapatra at Konark Festival in 2000. Awarded by India Theatre Olympiad,Orissa ‘National Nriya Bhushan Award,2009’.

Shayomita has also carved a niche for herself in the field of television as a tele-star darting out important & centralized characters in numerous occasions. With her never-ending desire to achieve the pinnacle of success and scale towering heights. Shayomita is all set to justify her credentials and give her heart and soul to this unique form of dance (ओदिस्सी)
Shayomita Dasgupta has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Gauhati University with a major in English.

Guru Gangadhar Pradhan

Guru Gangadhar Pradhan
64 Kharavel Nagar, Unit - III,
Bhubaneswar 751001
Tele/Fax: +91 674 2390422.
Mobile: +91 99370 08022
Festival site:

Aurangabad, INDIA

MAHAGAMI GURUKUL offers a value based training under Guru-shishya tradition in Odissi and Kathak Dance forms. Residential facility is available for the outstation students. Local students are also encouraged to stay in the hostels in order to facilitate early morning individual 'riyaaz' of the disciples. The lush green Gurukul campus wakes up with the drone of Tanpura, chanting of mnemonic syllables punctuated with resonant sound of Pakhawaj and 'ghungroos'.

Learning in the Gurukul Campus
Gurukul Sewa
Informal moments of Gurukul Inmates
The training at MAHAGAMI GURUKUL is focussed on the manifold evolution of each disciple not just as an art seeker, but also as a human being. Workshops, lectures, educational and concert tours, informal baithaks and AV presentations are frequently arranged for the disciples in addition to the regular training. The Gurukul campus, aptly named RTA (meaning truth / cosmic order) has a holistic approach with the Ayurvedic diet program and Nature therapies including Shrirodhara and Ayurveidc massage for the inmates. SADHANA Gurukul camp is organised every summer for outsiders to facilitate training and exposure to the Gurukul ambience - peaceful, inspiring and harmonious with nature.

Annual Intensive Training Gurukul camp
Vocal Class
SADHANA is the annual Intensive training Gurukul camp organized by MAHAGAMI every summer from 1st May to 15th May. The camp offers a multi-dimensional training for the art seekers. Starting with a health check up, the day starts with Yoga at 6 am followed by Dance, Music, Instruments, Sanskrit, Vedic chants, Painting, Pottery... The schedule also includes Audio- Video sessions like films and video recordings of the eminent artists and their creations. The camp offers guest lectures on ancient Indian valued topics like, Ancient History, Ayurveda, Theatre, etc. An Ayurvedic diet is provided to all participants specially designed keeping in mind the calorie intake and the training schedule. This 15-day intensive training is being organized every year since 1999 and is open to all art aspirants of age above 10 years. SADHANA also enfolds interesting topics like Stargazing, Ancient Indian Science, Shadow Puppetry, Krishna Gatha, Slide Shows And Lectures on Ancient Heritage Sites Of India by renowned Historians, Hasya Yoga, Films And Lectures on Environment Awareness, Calligraphy, Brain - Teaser Games to improve concentration and focus, Music Appreciation Sessions, Sessions On Musicology And Etymology- all this and much more involving lot of group activities and innovative fieldwork sensitively blended in the training schedule from 6 am to 8 pm. For SADHANA, many eminent artists from all over India had been invited to teach, interact and perform.

SADHANA - In Retrospect:
SADHANA was conceptualised by Parwati Dutta (Kathak and Odissi performer & Guru and Director of MAHAGAMI). She is the academic head of the training program and teaches both Kathak and Odissi to the Sadhakas. SADHANA is being conducted every summer since 1999. In these years, SADHAKAs (SADHANA students) have had the privilege to receive guidance from prominent artists who contributed to this camp. Gurus like Pt. Birju Maharaj (Kathak), Guru Sadanam Balakrishnan (Kathakali), Guru Banmali Maharana (Mardal Guru, Bhubaneshwar), artists like Shri Shashadhar Acharya (Chhau), Shri. Uday Bhawalkar (Dhrupad Exponent, Pune) Smt. Sombala Satle, (Dhrupad exponent, Khairagad) . Session on Odissi music conducted by a team of artists from Orissa, Shri. Udayan Indurkar (Scholar and famous Historian, Pune), Sessions on “Flutes From The World” (by Shri Ajit Soman), Late Pt. S.B. Deshpande (Musicologist and Guru, Aurangabad), Pt. Vasant Rao Ghorpadkar (Senior Pakhawaj Guru, Pune) etc were held for the students to assimilate the vast scope of arts and the essence for its manifestation. Along with an idea to inculcate the values and vision of our Indian culture, SADHANA also aims at introducing rare art forms. Sessions on rare art forms are held every year to facilitate the SADHAKAs to a wider perspective of learning. In the past, more than 5 different percussion instruments from different regions of India viz. Edakya from Kerala, Pakhawaj from North India, Mridangam from South India, Mardal from Orissa and Tabla have been demonstrated also introducing Sadhakas to the technique of playing these instruments and the traditional theoretical concepts related to it.

Features of the camp:
The camp primarily aims at creating a full domain of arts around the sadhaka with a holistic approach where the sadhaka can essentially feel the artistic element around and within him. The intensive training camp rejuvenates the participants and takes them back to the ancient times where the shishya was given an integrated education for enhancing his vision and understanding. The whole concept of the camp from Ayurvedic diet to the sessions can enfold the participant to rediscover his creative skills. An important aspect of this camp includes Gurukul Seva where Sadhakas offer their services to the Gurukul voluntarily shedding off their inhibitions and understanding the importance of work as an offering and dignity of labor.

Daily Schedule:
The camp is conducted for 14 hours daily with 5 breaks during the day. The 'Sadhakas' (camp inmates) report at 5.30 am at the dining cottage (parnakuti) where herbal tea is served.
Yoga & meditation - 6 to 7 am; Gurukul Sewa - 7 to 7.30 am; Breakfast - 7.30 am; Dance practice / training - 8 to 9.45 am; break (health drink) - 9.45 am; vocal / sanskrit / mantras / heritage / other lectures - 10 to 12 noon; 12 to 2 pm - lunch & rest 2 to 4 pm - visual arts (painting / sculpture / pottery / textile / calligraphy / puppetry, etc); 4 pm - break (health drink / snack) 4.30 to 6 pm - percussion / instruments / Screenings of Av or documentaries; 6 to 7.30 pm - dance class; 7.30 pm - dinner
Vegetarian food is served to the participants. Health check-up is conducted in beginning of camp to realise the fitness of the Sadhakas. Accomodation is on sharing basis (4-6 persons in one room). Geysers, coolers, filtered water, round-the-clock security is provided. Hospital, banks, medical shops, Telephone booths are within the campus. Participants with any ailment (physiological / psychological) or undergoing any treatment should report about this at the time of registration. Applicants should be prepared for the training schedule and ensure that they have the required stamina and focus in order to benefit from the training camp. Visitors can meet the participants only between 8 pm to 9 pm at the visitors' zone. Mobile phone are strictly prohibited during the camp. Participants can receive calls from their family after dinner at the MAHAGAMI office.

Join the Camp:Any art enthusiast above 10 years of age can join the camp. The last date for the registrations is 15th April 2010. Auditions for SADHANA will be conducted for participants with no prior training in any art form. MAHAGAMI office could be contacted between 9 am – 8 pm for availability of registration forms. Or, the forms could be downloaded from the official website of MAHAGAMI.
Tabla Class
Pottery Class
Every year MAHAGAMI organizes a programme to mark GURU POORNIMA in which Shishyas and Gurus give their performances as a tribute to the time honored Guru – shishya parampara.
Workshop series
As the name suggests, ‘samvad’, meaning a dialogue has been designed as a workshop series to establish a dialogue between the students and the invited guru. SAMVAD provides a platform where the art seekers can interact with the artist in addition to attending the concert or demonstration.
Samvad - third session(Pakhawaj workshop by Pt. Ramashish Pathak)
Introductory Workshop series
Introductory workshops are conducted to give an elementary knowledge about the art form to be learnt. Duration of the workshop is 3- 4 days for each art form. This workshop is open to all art aspirants without any training background.
Production Oriented Workshop Series
Sankram is the production-oriented workshop series of MAHAGAMI in which senior Gurus and great masters are invited for a period of 10-15 days. The guru stays with all the students in the gurukul premises and trains them on a production-oriented theme. The highlights of the workshop are the informal discussion sessions with the gurus about their chosen art form and a performance by the maestro and participants. Workshops under the guidance of Pt. Birju Maharaj, Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and Guru Banamali Maharana have been organized under this series.
Sankram - first sessionPt. Birju Maharaj (Kathak)
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra (Performance on the final day of Sankram)
Sankram - second sessionGuru Kelucharan Mohapatra (Odissi)
Sankram - third sessionGuru Banamali Maharana (Mardal)
Lecture Series
Drishtikon is the lecture series conceived with an idea to create an understanding of finer aspects of the performing arts. The series encompasses lecture and discussion on specific topics concerned with a particular art form. The invited expert or scholar expresses his viewpoint on the concerned subject giving a deeper insight on the lesser known aspects of the performing tradition. The lecture series also hopes to take up peripheral topics like stage designing, light designing, sound recording and production, art journalism, linguistics, drama, harmonics, etc.
Drishtikon - first session ('Tyagaraja Kritis' - Dr. Nookala Chinna Satyanarayana, Hyderabad)
Drishtikon - second session ('Abhinaya in Kathak' - Guru Rohini Bhate, Pune)
The institute has designed an examination system, a blend of the Gurukul system and academically oriented system of assessment that is named as AKALAN.
The examination system is a sincere attempt to assess overall progress of the shishya. Senior disciples present solo performances for rasikas on the concluding day of Akalan.Each disciple prepares a dissertation that is based on the reflection of the individual shishya on any aspect of art.
Annual Intensive Training Gurukul camp
ANUBHUTI multi media art appreciation programme is a two-hour presentation comprising of a CD-ROM display, audio-visual informative show, photo exhibition, lecture, demonstration, discussion, etc.
Academy arranges lectures, demonstrations and interactive sessions for all kinds of people ranging from the school children to executives and professionals.
ANUBHUTI session on Odissi Dance by Parwati Dutta
Visits Since Sept 15, 2007