Sujata Mohapatra

Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award
Laxmipriya Mohapatra
Sanjukta Panigrahi
Ratikant Mohapatra Calling
 
Sujata Mohapatra

Sujata Mohapatra has been dancing since early childhood and has mastered the Odissi style of Indian Classical dance. Daughter-in-law of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, she is also his devoted & talented disciple. An artistic environment at home and encouraging parents gave Sujata the impetus to learn Odissi. She has completed more than eighteen years training under the guidance of her Guru, and simultaneously been trained by her husband Guru Ratikant Mohapatra at Srjan. She has also done a valuable stint at the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre.

Gifted with a resilient body, an amazing stamina, and large luminous eyes, Sujata has a compelling stage presence. A rare combination of intensity and spontaneity, Sujata’s dance is noted particularly for its strict adherence to Guruji’s style, which is known for its grace, depth of expression, and technical exactitude. Her dance has a striking sculpturesque quality that is at the core of her immense appeal. Among the present generation of dancers she has established herself as an artiste of repute, having mastered the technique and subtle proportions of the Odissi form.

Sujata’s dance has earned her unreserved accolades everywhere. She has performed extensively in all of the major cities of India. She has also performed internationally as a member of the Srjan (Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa) repertoire.

Her dedication has been acknowledged by the Pt. Jasraj Award, the Smt. Sanjukta Panigrahi award, the Mahari award, the Aditya Birla Vikram Samman, the Raza Foundation Award and numerous others.