Guru Gangadhar Pradhan
Gangadhar Pradhan's training began at the age of six,
where he was given to the Balunkeswar temple in the
village of Dhimirisena (Puri district, Orissa) to be
trained as a gotipua dancer. The gotipuas are young male
dancer who dress as women and whose history goes back to
at least three hundred years. The main Odissi gurus of
today hail from the gotipua lineage.
Pradhan was trained by eminent gurus like Banchinidhi Pradhan, Chandrasekhar Patnaik and Mahadev Raut. He later went on to become a student of Utkal Sangeet mahavidyala, Bhuvaneswar and received further training under Pankaj Charan Das, Deba Prasad Das, Dr.Minati Mishra and Dhirendranath Patnaik. After his graduation he received advanced training from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. He also received intensive training in mardala, under the legendary master Singhari Shyam Sundar Kar and Guru Banamali Maharana. Guru Pradhan is known both nationally and internationally for his excellent accompaniment for the famous dancer Late Shrimati Sanjukta Panigrahi.