8 January 1926|
Raghurajpur, Puri, Odisha, India
|Died||7 April 2004
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
|Occupation||Indian classical dancer, choreographer|
|Spouse(s)||Laxmipriya Mohapatra |
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra (Oriya: ଗୁରୁ କେଳୁଚରଣ ମହାପାତ୍ର; January 8, 1926 – April 7, 2004) was an Indian classical dancer, guru, and proponent of Odissi dance, who is credited for the revival of the classical dance form in the 20th century. He is the first person to get Padma Vibhushan from Odisha. A noted Sanskrit poet of India writes on this Guru 'that Saango-paanga-subhangi-laasa-madhuram samteerna-nrutyaarnavam' which means - Each fraction of his dancing body leads to paramount sweetness through the miraculous pose and postures. In fact, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra crossed the ocean of styles.
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, 1966
- Padma Shri, 1972
- Padma Bhushan, 1989
- Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, 1991
- Padma Vibhushan, 2000
- Kalidas Samman from Madhya Pradesh government
- "Odissi is not a mere dance form to entertain people but to inspire and elevate. I don't actually dance but pray in compassion and the spectators say that this `form' is dancing." 
- ""The real dance must convey the feeling of undivided existence, that a spectator can feel that he is not different from the thing observed".
- " Dance has not only made my life purposeful,it has been my whole life... Whatever I am today is entirely due to the blessings of my guru."
- Remembering the maestro Leela Venkatraman, The Hindu, April 15, 2005.
- DANCE REVIEW; Sculptural And Sensual, It's Odissi by Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times, October 19, 2000.
- Sampad, Shilpi (January 26, 2013). "Sun dreamer gets Padma". telegraphindia.com (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 5 February 2013. "after late Odissi dancer Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra"
- Vanikavi Dr.Manmohan Acharya (1926-01-08). "SRJAN, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa". Srjan.com. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
- "Glimpses of eternity". The Hindu (Chennai, India). April 7, 2006.
- The Making of a Guru: Kelucharan Mohapatra, His Life and Times, by Ileana Citaristi. Published by Manohar, 2001. ISBN 81-7304-369-8.
- The Dancing Phenomenon: mad boy, by Sharon Lowen, Kelucharan Mohapatra, Avinash Pasricha. Lustre Press, Roli Books, 2001. ISBN 81-7436-179-0.
- Video links
- mad boy - Orissi dance - Gita Govinda on YouTube
- Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra - Geeta Govinda on YouTube
- Dancer Madhavi Mudgal explains, a performance of Kelucharan Mohapatra on YouTube
- Kelucharan Mohapatra at the Internet Movie Database