Madhumita Raut

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Madhumita Raut in an Odissi pose at Konark Sun Temple

Madhumita Raut is an Indian classical dancer of Odissi (Orissi). She is the daughter of Mamta Khuntia and Mayadhar Raut, who revived Odissi (Indian classical dance) in the 1950s with Shastra-based knowledge. She lives in Delhi, manages and teaches at the Jayantika Association's Mayadhar Raut School of Odissi Dance, one of the active and result-oriented Odissi dance school in Delhi.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Brought up in Delhi in an atmosphere of dance and music under her father's tutelage, Madhumita Raut received her academic qualifications at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's School and Indraprastha College in Delhi.[2] She holds a master's degree in English Literature from Delhi University and a diploma in Performing Arts.


Madhumita Raut is her father's torch bearer of Mayadhar Raut Gharana of Odissi dance, known for its grace, depth of expression and classical 'shastra' based technical perfection. Her innovations include compositions on Hungarian poetry, choreographic compositions on poems of Goethe, fusion dances with Balinese dancer Dia Tantri in the Netherlands. She has effectively used the medium of dance for social causes. She has performed for the Indian Cancer Society, Delhi, WWF(World Wildlife Fund - India), CAPF(Campaign Against Pre-Birth Elimination of Females), The Art of Living and for upliftment of the 'have-nots'.

Madhumita Raut in an Odissi pose at Konark Sun Temple

Netherlands Channel I has made a documentary film on her. Stuttgart (Germany) and the Hungarian televisions have showcased Raut's dance in their documentary films on India. Raut has also done a lead role in a film produced by the Dutch television. The film, depicting Indian values, was highly appreciated all over Western Europe.

Madhumita Raut has danced in major dance festivals in India and in Ireland, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Spain, Morocco, France, Portugal, Japan, U.S.A. etc. She also teaches Odissi in USA, the Netherlands, Japan and Germany.[3]

She received a number of prestigious awards, namely, Orissa State Ghungur Samman, Utkal Kanya Award, Mahila Shakti Samman, Bharat Nirman Award, Odisha Living Legend Award 2011.

Madhumita Raut wrote "Odissi: What, Why and How: Evolution, Revival and Technique", published by B.R. Rhythms, Delhi in 2007.[4]


Raut has received the following awards:

  • Orissa State Ghungur Samman 2010[5]
  • Utkal Kanya award 2010
  • Mahila Shakti Samman 2010
  • Bharat Nirman Award 1997[6]
  • Odisha Living Legend Award 2011[7]


  1. ^ "DANCE diaries". The Hindu. 2014-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Grand welcome awaits fuchchas". Times of India. 2007-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Odissi Workshop in Germany". Orissa Diary. May 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ Odissi: What, Why and How: Evolution, Revival & Technique by Madhumita Raut, Published B.R.Rhythms, Delhi,2007.ISBN 81-88827-10-X.
  5. ^ "Annual awards of ‘Ghungur' cultural organisation presented". The Hindu. Apr 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Bharat Nirman Awards". 
  7. ^ [1]
  • Odissi: What, Why and How : Evolution, Revival & Technique by Madhumita Raut, Published B.R.Rhythms, Delhi, 2007. ISBN 81-88827-10-X.
  • [2] 30th Annual awards of ‘Ghungur', Feb 14, 2011.
  • [3] Reviving Odissi with a focus on the classical The Hindu, December 28, 2010.
  • [4] Delectable depiction of Navararas by N K MUDGAL.
  • [5] 4th Guru Shishya Parampara Dance Festival Delhi, December 15, 2008.
  • [6] Christian MySpace: What Why N How - Madhumita Raut Learn About Odissi Dance Form
  • [7] Odissi Workshop in Germany, Monday, May 16, 2011.
  • [8] Dance Recitals in Malaysia, Nov 4 and 5, 2011

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