Guest speaker – Guru Smt. Sujata Mohapatra

Guest performer – Sri Soumya Bose


Katha with Kalakaar as the name suggests is an initiative where we get an opportunity to interact with the artists who have given their life to art. This is a chance for us to witness their journey, their struggles and achievements. The legendary artist we have with us today for our Third episode is Guru Smt. Sujata Mohapatra who needs no introduction in the odissi industry, who has contributed her life to the art and has explored the avenues of odissi dance through her deep analysis and research.  And we also have her senior disciple Sri Soumyo Bose to perform.


A distinguished danseuse of Odissi, Smt. Sujata Mohapatra as the disciple and daughter-in-law of the late Guru Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, the legendary exponent of Odissi, she inherited his devotion and passion for the classical dance form. An outstanding category of Artist in ICCR ,NEWDELHI .Top grade artist in Dooradarshan, New Delhi .she has widely travelled all over the world and performed as a soloist in many prestigious festivals in India and abroad .The major countries are U.S.A ,Canada ,Italy, France, Russia , Germany, Amsterdam, London, etc . She has received the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from New Delhi, Nritya Choodamani Award from Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai , Nritya Sagar Award from Cleveland,USA, Pandit Jasraj Award from Mumbai, the Mahari Award from the Pankaj Charan Das Foundation, the second Sanjukta Panigrahi Award from Washington DC, Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Kiran Award from Mumbai, Raaza Puruskar Award from Raaza Foundation Delhi, 4th Bimohanaa Kala Samman Awardee, Nrutyadham Award, Hope of India Award, Nritya Ragini from Puri, Baisakhi Award, Prana Natta Samman, Abhi Nandika from Puri, Bheemeshwar Patrika Samman, Devadasi Award from Devadasi Nrutya Mandir Bhubaneswar .


Today He will be performing

 Srita kamala-this is an Asthapadi. Jayadeva describes beautifully Sri Krishna's appearence, virtues, deeds and glory in this auspicious benediction. Victory to Srihari who adorns ear-rings and 'Tulasi' garlands and who is delightful in the embrace of goddess Lakshmi. Victory to Sri Krishna,the vanquisher of Khalia serpent. He glorified Yadu clan. He made them delightful like the Sun delights lotuses. Victory to Krishna, the annihilator of demon Madhu, Mura and Naraka. His vehicle is Garuda bird. As Sri Rama he was close to Janaki's bosom. He denounced wickedness. He destroyed the ten headed Ravana. Poet Sri Jayadeva sings this auspicious song for the delight of the lord.



Dance Composition: Padmavibhusan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.
Music composition: Pandit Bhubaneswar Mishra.

We would like to thank Guru Smt. Sujata Mohapatra for the beautiful conversation and Sri Soumya Bose for the performance. I would request Guru Sri Bichitrananda Swain to give the token of thanks from our side to our guests.