Guru Shradha presents
Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya 2015
Cubberley Theatre, 2pm & 6pm
October 4, 2015 Palo Alto, CA

August 26, 2015

Guru Shradha presents KELUCHARAN KEERTI SAMPRADAYA 2015, an annual celebration of the life and work of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, featuring dance drama DASHANANA.

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015
Time: 2pm & 6pm
Venue: Cubberley Theatre - 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA
For information, please contact Guru Shradha at or 650-394-6022

On October 4, 2015, 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” with two performances at 2pm and 6pm. 

This year’s show will feature Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s son and daughter-in-law, Ratikant and Sujata Mohapatra, Niharika Mohanty (the director of Guru Shradha) performing in Guruji’s most popular dance drama “Dashanana”. Also participating in the festival are several Guru Shradha dancers, including Rasika Kumar, Shradha Balakrishnan, Akanksha Kejriwal, Divya Saha, Deepa Mahadevan, Aparna Dasgupta and Swati Rout.

While the more commonly known Hindu epic, Ramayana, is the story depicting hero Lord Rama's life's journey, on the contrary, Dashanana, sheds light on the same story through famous villain Ravana's perspective. Guru Ratikant Mohapatra has the lead role of ten-faced (dashanana) demon king Ravana, while Sujata Mohapatra will play the dual roles of Lord Brahma and Lord Rama. Rama's wife Sita is played by Guru Shradha's Founder/Director, Niharika Mohanty. Other main roles portrayed by Guru Shradha's dancers are Lakshmana (Deepa Mahadevan), Jatayu (Rasika Kumar), Maricha as golden deer (Divya Saha), and Mandodari (Aparna Dasgupta).

The first half of the festival program will feature various traditional choreography of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in captivating group presentations performed by Guru Shradha's students.

Guru Shradha & 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.

Ratikant Mohapatra
Guru Ratikant Mohapatra is the son of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and 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 Award, and the Nrutya Bhushan Award in the 2005 International Dance & Theatre Festival.

Sujata Mohapatra
Guru 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.