Guru Shradha presents
Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya 2014
Cubberley Theatre, 4:30pm
March 16, 2014 Palo Alto, CA

February 25, 2014

Guru Shradha presents Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya 2014, an annual celebration of the life and work of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

On March 16, 2014, Guru Shradha, North America’s premier Odissi dance institution, will present its annual celebration of, and offering to, the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra: KELUCHARAN KEERTI SAMPRADAYA. This year’s show will feature Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s son and daughter-in-law Ratikant Mohapatra and Sujata Mohapatra, Niharika Mohanty (the director of Guru Shradha), and several Guru Shradha dancers, including Rasika Kumar, Divya Saha, Deepa Mahadevan, Revital Carroll, Jenna Anjali, and Swati Rout.

The items featured will include masterfully crafted traditional Odissi dance gems by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, juxtaposed with innovative yet traditional choreography by his son, Guru Ratikant Mohapatra.

About Guru Shradha and Niharika Mohanty
Guru Shradha is a non-profit dance company with a mission to preserve and promote Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s style of Odissi in North America and abroad.  After decades of training under Guruji in Odissi dance, culture and language, Niharika Mohanty, one of the senior-most North American students trained by Guruji, took on the crucial role of continuing Guruji’s work in North America by founding Guru Shradha.  Since its inception in 2008, Guru Shradha has developed into a premier Odissi institution, known for its strict adherence to Guruji’s teachings. Guru Shradha’s dancers perform widely throughout the Bay Area and abroad. In addition, Guru Shradha provides workshops and lecture/demonstrations to those fascinated by Odissi dance for its aesthetic quality or its spiritual origins. Guru Shradha also plays a significant role in the international Odissi community, organizing and sponsoring performances and tours for Odissi dancers and musicians from abroad.

About Ratikant Mohapatra
Ratikant Mohapatra, son of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, is the key advisor to Guru Shradha.  Originally tutored by the maestro himself in the art of Odissi and mardala, Ratikant has now carved a space for himself in his own right as a dancer, percussionist, teacher, choreographer and archivist of Odissi. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the ‘Pride of India 2004’ award, the ‘Sanjukta Panigrahi Samman 2005’ and the ‘Nrutya Bhushan’ award in the 2005 International Dance & Theatre Festival.

About Sujata Mohapatra
Sujata Mohapatra, disciple and daughter-in-law of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, is the Artistic Director of Guru Shradha.  After eighteen years of rigorous training under the guidance of her guru, Sujata is a devoted and diligent disciple who has made a mark for herself among the present generation of dancers and artists.  Her dance is characterized by unending stamina balanced with femininity and grace.  She has performed extensively throughout India and abroad.  Her dedication has been acknowledged by the receipt of countless accolades, including the Pt. Jasraj Award, the Sanjukta Panigrahi Award, the Mahari Award, the Aditya Birla Vikram Samman Award, the Raza Foundation Award, and numerous others.

Venue: Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Time: 4:30pm
For information, please contact Guru Shradha at or 650-394-6022.