Minati Mishra





A senior dancer, Minati Misra was trained in Odissi by Gururs Kelucharan Mohapatra and Debaprasad Das. She had also received encouragement and guidance from the poet and scholar Kalicharan Patnaik.

She concentrated on Odissi devoting all her attention to it and helped considerably in popularising the dance form. She went to West Germany and did her Ph.d. in Dance. After a stay of five years abroad, she returned to Orissa and was appointed principal of the Utkal Sangeet Vidyalaya at Bhubaneswar where she now teaches Odissi in the Dance department. For her services to the field of dance, she has received several honours and awards including the award from Orissa State Sangeet Natak Akademi.