Padmasri Guru Aruna Mohanty
Dynamism, charisma and astounding talent makes Guru Smt. Aruna Mohanty one of the finest Odissi Dancers in the world. Her perception of dance and choreography is unconventional. Yet, is fundamentally careful about preserving the basic structure and aesthetics of her beloved art form Odissi. The rhythm in her feet connects her to a divine force. The perfect blend of bhava, bhangi, taala and abhinaya radiate from her performances.
She was trained and nurtured under the able guidance of Padmashri Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. She especially excels in the abhinaya aspect of Odissi. She has received many awards and accolades for her contribution to the arts, including the Mahari Award (1997), Sanjukta Panigrahi Memorial National Award (2001), Fellowship by Ministry of HRD, Government of India, and the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar Award in 2010.
She combines extensive research, her training, and innovative thinking to produce provocative choreography. Some of the items in her repertoire include the dance ballet ‘Shrusti O Pralaya’, ‘Varsha-Abhisara’, ‘Sravana Kumara’, ‘Kharavela’ , ‘Jatra Baramasi’, ‘Gatha Odishi’, ‘Krupa Nidhaana’, ‘Swargadapi Gariyasi’, ‘ Arjuna Dui Adhyaya’, ‘Pratinayaka’, ‘Krishna Sharanam’, and ‘Khamaj Pallavi.
She has traveled round the globe to present solo and group presentations in addition to workshops and lecture demonstrations. She is a past-member of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi and currently serves as the vice president of the Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi. She currently serves as the Director of Orissa Dance Academy in Bhubaneswar, India.