Guru Mayadhar Raut



Mayadhar Raut was trau\ined in the art of gotipua dancing bu his elder brother Harihar Raut. He also studied under Durlav Singh, Yudhishthira Mohapatra, and Mohan Mahapatra. Like other gurus he too joined theatre companies including the Orissa Theatre of Kalicharan Patnaik and the Annapurna Theatre, where Guru Pankaj Charan Das taught him Odissi.

Among his well known students are Aloka Panihar, Kiran segal. For his contribution to Odissi he has received many awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1985. He has retained in his style delectable elements of the gotipua techniques and his style is distinctive and has fluidity and grace. He trained his daughter Madhumita Raut who projects his style faithfully.



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