the distinguised senior dancers of the Odissi style,
Shrimati Kumkum Mohanty received her training in Odissi
dance at Kala Vikash Kendra under the tutelage of Guru
Kelucharan Mohapatra. She is also trained in Odissi.
Early in life, she was acclaimed as an outstanding
dancers and won appreciation among the connoisseurs. She
has excelled in her sensitive renderings of Asthapadis
from the Gita Govinda and taken lead roles in several
choreographic works by her guru. She has also
participated in major festivals in the country and
abroad. In the mid-1980s, when the Odissi Research Centre
was established by the Government of Orissa, Shrimati
Mohanty was appointed its Chief Executive. In that
capacity she has worked with several masters of Odissi
dance and music carrying out significant work in the
documentation and dissemination of the tradition. She
also has several dance compositions to her credit.
Shrimati Mohanty is Special Secretary ( Culture) to the
Government of Orissa.
Her contricution to Odissi was acknowledged with the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, bestowed on her 1993. Shrimati Kumkum Mohanty received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contributions to Odissi dance in 1994.