At a very
early age Trinath Maharana began studying as a
gotipua, dancing with Virkishore Mohapatra and learnt
folk dances from Guru Khageshwar Mohapatra. In 1957
he started taking lessons in Odissi from Guru Pankaj
Charan Das and later on took another training from
Kelucharan Mohapatra. Before coming to Delhi he had
various schools in Orissa.
He is also
proficient in playing the pakhawaj and has
accompanied many leading dancers. He has also
choreographed dance-dramas adn group numbers.