Monaranjan Pradhan

Sri Manoranjan Pradhan, a leading Odissi dancer and teacher is now visiting San Diego, California, as guest instructor of Odissi dance for the Center for World Music.

Mr. Pradhan is a disciple of legendary Gurus Padmashree Pankaj Charan Das, Padmabhusan Kelucharan Mohapatra, and the late Deba Prasad Das and has spent many years learning and teaching at the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, under the supervision and guidance of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan.  At the Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar, he furthered his career by directly learning from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.   His performance blends artistic expression and exquisite movement of the body and feet at a level that has been achieved by very few of his contemporaries.

Sri Manoranjan Pradhan has performed for Door Darshan (Indian television) and in many prestigious dance festivals all over India, the USA, Canada, and Mexico, including the Konark Dance Festival, the Konark Music and Dance Festival, and SPIC-MACAY programs.  He has taught Odissi dance in many schools inside and outside Orissa, most recently at the Odissi Research Centre and the Orissa Dance Academy.  In April 94, Sri Pradhan was given the "Debaprasad Memorial Award" for being the top student in the post-graduate studies for Odissi dance in the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya of Utkal University.  Recent gradation by Orissa government has put him in the "A" class artist category. This is his third visit to the USA.

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