Priyambada Mohanty




Contemporaries   It was in the early 50's that Odissi received serious notice from the outside world for the first time. Little was known about Odissi when Priyambada Mohanty, a young talented dancer from Cuttack represented Oriss in the category of classical dance at the inter university youth festival held in 1954.

Priyambada was trained in Odissi by Singhari Shyam Sundar Kar, Guru Pankaj Charan Das and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Priyambada happened to be the one dancer whose performances helped Odissi gained recognition as a classical dance art. In 1963, she left for further studies in the USA. Whe she returned to India in late 70's Odissi has already grown into a full fledged dance form. She joined Utkal University as aprofessor of Zoology and continued further researches in Odissi. Priyambada has received several awards including Orissa State Sangeet Natak Akademi and Central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. She lives in Bhubaneswar and is preparing a book on the dances of Orissa for the Orissa State Sangeet Natak Akademi.