Kelucharan Mohapatra

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Kelucharan Mohapatra
Closeup of the temple at Nrityagram Dance Community.jpg
Born (1926-01-08)8 January 1926
Raghurajpur, Puri, Odisha, India
Died 7 April 2004(2004-04-07) (aged 78)
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Occupation Indian classical dancer, choreographer
Years active 1935–2004
Spouse(s) Laxmipriya Mohapatra [1]
Children Ratikanta Mohpatra
Awards Padma Vibhushan

Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra (Odia: 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.[2] He is the first person to get Padma Vibhushan from Odisha.[3] 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.[4]


Birthplace of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra at Raghurajpur, Odisha.
Statue of Padmabhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra


  • "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."[6]
  • ""The real dance must convey the feeling of undivided existence, that a spectator can feel that he is not different from the thing observed".[6]
  • " 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."


  1. ^ Remembering the maestro Leela Venkatraman, The Hindu, April 15, 2005.
  2. ^ DANCE REVIEW; Sculptural And Sensual, It's Odissi by Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times, October 19, 2000.
  3. ^ Sampad, Shilpi (January 26, 2013). "Sun dreamer gets Padma". Calcutta, India. Retrieved 5 February 2013. after late Odissi dancer Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra 
  4. ^ Vanikavi Dr.Manmohan Acharya (1926-01-08). "SRJAN, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa". Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  5. ^ a b c "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Glimpses of eternity". The Hindu. Chennai, India. April 7, 2006. 

Further reading[edit]

A temple dedicated to Kelucharan Mohapatra at Nrityagram Dance Community, near Bangalore.
  • 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.

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