Surendra Nath Jha had a natural aptitude for dance
and music from childhood. Like his contemporaries he
too joined the Kala Vikash Kendra and studied Odissi
under various gurus including Guru Mayadhar Raut.
qualifying for the degree course in 1966, he moved to
Delhi and joined Triveni Kala Sangam as an Odissi
guru and has trained several students. His style
differs from those of other gurus in that he has
introduced elements of folk forms with various
sculpturesque poses. Among his children he has
trained his daughter Pratibha Jena in Odissi.