Top trainers of Odissi in New Delhi

Odissi is one of the main dance classical dance forms of India. The archaeological evidences of Odissi dance are found in Udaygiri and Khandgiri caves. Over the ages, the dance forms have been modified and now it is popular not only in India, but in many parts of the world. In this article, the author talks about two great Delhi-based trainers of Odissi dance form.

Odissi is one of the classical dance forms of India. The genesis of Odissi dance can be traced in Natya Sashtra of Sage Bharat. The earliest evidence of this dance form is found in the 2nd centuary B.C. carvings in the Udaygiri and Khandgiri caves.The dance form was modified in the temples of Orissa. The Odissi dance has been deeply influenced by Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. This dance form includes invocation, 'nrita', 'nritya', 'natya' and 'moksha'. 'Nrita' is purest form of dance. It focuses on perfection of all movement and gestures. 'Nritya' is solo expressive dance with emphasis on various aspects of expression. There are various archeological evidence of Odissi dance in different caves and temples of Odissa. Over the years, the dance form has been modified by various great exponents of this beautiful art.

Nowadays, this dance form is not only popular all over the country but also in various places of the world. Like all other places, Odissi dance is also very popular in New Delhi, the capital of the country. In this article, we are going to furnish the details of two great Odissi dance trainers who are New Delhi based.

#1: Great Odissi exponent Ms. Aadya Kaktikar

Ms. Aadya Kaktikar started learning Odissi at an age of four. She is a disciple of famous Odissi dancer, Ms. Madhumita Raut. She has been performing extensively as a solo artist since 1992. She has participated in a number of festivals in India as well as in various other parts of the world. Ms. Aadya has played a leading role in all Madhumita Raut's major composition during the last two decades. She has played leading roles in various famous productions like Ritu Basant, Konark, the Geet Govind, etc. She has several publications in her credit. The great artist has settled in New Delhi and she has been training Odissi to her own students in New Delhi.

The contact details of Ms. Aadya Kaktikar are indicated below:
Ms. Aadya Kaktikar
Address: 760, Makhan Singh Block, Asian Games Village, New Delhi 110049
Telephone: 011-24351212

#2: Another famous Delhi-based Odissi exponent Ms. Anita Babu

Ms. Anita Babu is another famous Odissi dancer stationed at New Delhi. She belongs to an Oriya middle class family. she started learning Odissi dance at the age of seven. Later she became a disciple of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. She has performed in all major festivals in the country like Konark Dance Festival, Puri Beach Festival, Pallavostava, etc, as well as in various parts of the world. This extremely talented perfomer has won many laurels. She has started her own dance school in Delhi and has been teaching Odissi to her students for quite some time. Another important feature of Ms. Anita Babu is that she has been teaching this dance form even to the deaf and dumb students.

The contact details of Ms. Anita Babu are given below:
Ms. Anita Babu
Address: E-30, Anandlok Society, Mayur Vihar Phase I, Delhi 110091
Phone: 011- 22752716; Mobile: 9810048119

Final words

With the increasing popularity of Odissi dance, many Odissi performers have settled in New Delhi and have been performing and training their own students. It is expected that with time, these great performers would pass on the legacy to their students and this exquisitely beautiful dance form of India would become more popular.

Article by Partha K.
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