Pankaj Charan Das

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Pankaj Charan Das
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Born (1925-03-17)17 March 1925
Puri, Odisha, India
Died 11 June 2003(2003-06-11) (aged 78)
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Occupation Indian classical dancer, choreographer
Years active 1933–2000
Spouse(s) Smt. Sarojini Das
Awards Padmashree

Guru Pankaj Charan Das (17 March 1925 – 11 June 2003) was an Indian classical dancer, choreographer and the Adi Guru of Odissi dance in other word he's the father of odissi dance. He was the adopted son of a mahari(temple dancer) Ratna Prabha Devi and from her he learnt the art of devotional movement. He was responsible to revive the dance form that later became the base for birth of odissi. He was the man who was responsible for bringing odissi out of the temple precincts into broad daylight. He was also awardees of Padmashree in 1992. His dance was laden with bhakti rasa and each of its movements spelt the holy name of Lord Jagannath. He strictly followed the mahari style in his dance. He was especially adept in group choreographies and has left his indelible impression on master pieces like Glanisanghara, Matrubandana, Balagoplashtaka and many more. His expertise dealt with both oriya and Sanskrit Language. His choreographed dance episodes based on the lives of great poets of India Kalidas and Jayadev. In mid-life he was made the head of Deptt. Of odissi dance , in Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, the only college of Dance & Music of Odisha. He was associated with the college for more than 25 years and later retired as the Principal. he taught the famous Gurus-Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Late Guru Deb Prasad Das, Guru Mayadhar Rout, Bhagaban Sahu, Almost all the established Gurus who are now working and teaching Odissi Dance not only in India but throughout the world have received vital guidance and knowledge from Guru Pankaj Charan Das.'

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  • ‘guru of all gurus’ in Odissi dance Padma Shri Pankaj Charan Das. [1]
  • Adi guru Pankaj Charan Das [2],
  • Pankaj Charan Das choreographed Vasmasura as the dance director [3]
  • Padmashree Guru Pankaj Charan Das [4]
  • Odissi Guru Pankaj Charan Das, who belonged to the family of a mahari [5]