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Kelubabu: a life of rich beauty
by Sonal Mansingh, New Delhi
April 14, 2004
Epitomising the true power of art and its transformative quality, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra lived a life of rich beauty. From humble beginnings to dizzy heights full of national and international honours, acclaim and awards, he remained Kelubabu or Guruji to all who met him.
|He was one of the three
Gurus who along with some scholars of the time re-shaped and renovated
Odissi dance form in 1959. He developed his own style of Odissi taking
elements from his own training as Gotipua and as participant in Raas-leela
of his Guru Mohan Goswami. His expertise in playing the pakhawaj
and painting patta-chitra, further embellished his art. He became
a wonderful teacher giving of his art to many many students across the
world. As teacher, he was painstaking and thoughtful. He was
the right man at right moment in the right place. His name will be
written in gold letters in the history of India's performing arts.
Sonal Mansingh is one of the foremost exponents of Odissi in India. After Jiwan Pani's death, Sonal Mansingh and her Center for Indian Classical Dances have organized an annual memorial festival in his honor in Delhi. She is the chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.