Ellora Patnaik

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Ellora Patnaik
Born (1968-09-05) September 5, 1968 (age 50)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress and Odissi dancer

Ellora Patnaik (born September 5, 1968) is a Canadian actress of film, stage and television as well as an Odissi dancer.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the first child of her parents, Promod and Chitralekha Patnaik; she is seven years older than her sibling Devraj Patnaik. Her parents were born in the state of Orissa (now Odisha), India, and immigrated to Canada in the 1960s. Patnaik made numerous trips to India with her family in her youth.

Her parents soon moved to Oakville, Ontario, and then to Burlington, Ontario, where she attended M. M. Robinson High School.

In 1986, she was selected for training by (late) Padmabibhusan Kelucharan Mohapatra, and went to study at the Odissi Research Centre in Orissa, India.

Dance training[edit]

Patnaik first and primary dance guru was her mother, who began training her as an Odissi dancer from a very young age. She has also received training from such notables as (late) Padmashri Pankaj Charan Das, (late) Padmabibhusan Kelucharan Mohapatra, Padmashri Sanjukta Panigrahi and Padmashri Gangadhar Pradhan.


She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts[clarification needed] from 1992 to 1994 and was a member of the company in her third year.

In 2009, she played Jyoti Mehta, Indie Mehta's mother, in the Canadian television series How to Be Indie on YTV,[1] she filmed another season in 2010.[2]


Odissi dance teacher[edit]

Patnaik has taught Odissi dance since the mid-1980s. In the early 1990s, she took over as the executive director of the Chitralekha Dance Academy.

Theatre work[edit]

Year Title Role Theatre Location
1995 Standing on My Knees Catherine New York City, New York
1997 Naga Mandala Rani Tarragon Theatre Toronto, Ontario
2001 Umrao Jaan Ada Umrao Rasik Arts
2004 Left Bobby Rasik Arts
Say Goodnight Gracie Catherine New York City, New York
The Heidi Chronicles Becky/Betsy New York City, New York
The Country Wife Lucy New York City, New York
The Seagull Housemaid New York City, New York
The House of Blue Leaves Little Nun New York City, New York

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [dead link] "DECODE Strikes How to Be Indie Sales". World-Screen via The TV Realist.com. January 7, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Press release (August 4, 2010). "Corus Entertainment Announces Its Fall 2010 Programming Lineup for YTV, Nickelodeon and Treehouse". www.digitaljournal.com. Retrieved October 10, 2013.

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