Kelucharan Mohapatra – Odissi

 

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Kelucharan Mohapatra was born on 8th January 1926 in Puri, Odisha; he was a Legendary Indian Classical Dancer, Guru and the man behind reviving the classical dance form of Odissi in the 20th century.

Apart from being a renowned dancer, he was perfect at playing the Percussion instruments – Mridangam, Pakhavaj, and Tabla and was also skilled in traditional ‘Pattachitra’ painting.

He was greatly honoured as he received many awards starting from ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi Award’ in 1966, ‘Padma Shri’ in 1974, ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 1988, ‘ Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship’ in 1991 and ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 2000 where he was the first one to receive it from Odisha.

 

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