Guru Shradha presents
Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya Festival 2017
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 4.30pm
June 18, 2017 Palo Alto, CA

May 20, 2017

Guru Shradha presents KELUCHARAN KEERTI SAMPRADAYA FESTIVAL 2017, a celebration of the life and work of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra

Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, to whom the festival pays tribute is a well-known name in Indian classical dance, as he is one of the legendary figures and key re-constructors of Odissi dance, a dancer par excellence, master teacher, brilliant choreographer, and talented percussionist, who developed his own style from researching texts, temple sculptures, and preceding dance forms -- Mahari and Gotipua, combined with his own creative ingenuity.

Guru Shradha is a dance institution/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 Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Niharika Mohanty took on the crucial role of continuing Guruji's work in North America by founding and directing Guru Shradha with the meaningful involvement of both Guru Ratikant Mohapatra (Chief Advisor) & Guru Sujata Mohapatra (Artistic Director). Since its inception in 2008, Guru Shradha has developed into a premier Odissi institution in the U.S., known for its strict adherence to Guruji's teachings.

Sujata Mohapatra

This year's festival includes performances by Guru Sujata Mohapatra, the daughter-in-law of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra who continues to carry his legacy forward and was described by New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay as "one of the great dancers of our time."

The festival also features Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra's spirited dance ballet, Balya Leela, bringing forth episodes of vibrant Lord Krishna's childhood. Balya Leela has only been presented previously by Guru Mohapatra's own institution Srjan and now by Guru Shradha in its U.S. premiere during the festival. Other pieces in the program will feature traditional choreography of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in spellbinding solo pieces performed by the senior artists, interspersed with captivating group presentations performed by Guru Shradha.

Photos of Guru Shradha from past Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya Festival.
Photo: Swagato Basumallick

Venue: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall - 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA
Date: Sunday, June 18, 2017
Time: 4:30pm

For information, please contact Guru Shradha at or 650-394-6022 and