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Dance - Odissi

Odissi unit is led by Guru Rajib Bhattacharya
Rajib Bhattacharya has received his initial training from Smt. Sharmila Biswas at a very young age. He completed M.A. in Odissi dance from RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY , Kolkata. His eagerness for specialization in Odissi dance brought him to SRJAN (Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa) and he had the good fortune to receive training under the able guidance of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and his son, Guru Ratikant Mohapatra. His associations with SRJAN for 12 long years made him connect closely with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Gharana. Rajib has attended several workshops by renowned Gurus in different subjects related to Odissi dance and also had the experience to receive the training in the MAHARI form of dance from SASHIMANI and PARASMANI MAHARI. A recipient of national scholarship from the Dept. of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India and has performed in the major dance and music festivals of India and abroad. In 2003, for the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Central Sahitya Academy he has performed in “KURUKSHETRA” Dance ballet being part of the SRJAN’s repertoire group as ‘Yudhisthira’ with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra as ‘Shakuni’ and Guru Ratikant Mohapatra as ‘Arjuna’. Rajib stood First in Odissi dance competition organized by THE STATE MUSIC ACADEMY. He is also an ‘A’ grade artiste of Doordarshan. Currently, Rajib receives the benefit of learning to continue his dancing career under the able tutelage of Guru Ratikant Mohapatra. He also assists his Guru in conducting the Odissi dance workshops held in kolkata. He now conducts individual dance workshops in Bardhaman, Maldah, etc and various other places across the country. He is the Secretary and the Principal of SRJAN (Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa, Kolkata chapter). Rajib is also a teacher of “DEVI PRATIDHWANI” (GURU GIRIJA DEVI‟s INSTITUTION) MUDRA KALA KENDRA, MALANCHA, LALIT KALA ACADEMY(SALT LAKE). He is the director of SRIJAN CHHANDA. He is an examiner of RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY and NIKHIL BHARAT SANGIT SAMITY.

Dance performances outside India

  • Bangkok: Performed in India-International Festival
  • USA: performed in various places such as Austin, Los Angeles, Tulsa, Dallas, San Francisco etc.
  • Bangladesh: in a show organized by The High Commission of India.
  • Performed in at various places in Canada and British Colombia
  • Performed at various places of TAIWAN

Dance performances in India

Delhi

  • Program organized by ICCR,Delhi
  • I.I.C. in Delhi
  • performed in golden jubilee celebration of Sahitya Akademy

Kolkata

  • Uday Shankar Dance festival organized Rajya Sangeet Academy Kolkata,
  • music and dance festival at Uttam Manch,
  • Geeta Jayanty Utsav,
  • GKCM award,Kolkata
  • Indo-Burma Petroleum(IBP) organized program,
  • program organized by ICCR and Birla Academy
  • program organized by Odissi Dancer‟s Forum,
  • Deesha festival.
  • Horizon series programe by ICCR Kolkata
  • Performed at SHRADDHANJALI, Odissi dance festival by Odissi Dancer’s Forum Kolkata
  • Performed at ASIATIC SOCIETY
  • Performed at Chaitanya Mission

Bhubaneswar

  • International Odissi Dance Festival organized by Indian Performing Art Inc.
  • Baisakhi Festival
  • Purush Festival
  • National Odissi Dance & Music Festival organized by GKCM Odissi Research Centre
  • program organized by GKCM ODISSI RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  • Performed at MAHARI festival
  • Performed at EKAMRA festival

Chennai

  • Swarna Utsav organised by Central Sangeet Natak Academy

Varanasi

  • Sankat Mochan Music & dance Festival organized by Sankat Mochan Temple Foundation.
  • Ganga Mahotsa,
  • Maha Mrityunjay Festival
  • in a program to pay respect to renowned classical singer Padmabhushan Dr. Girija Devi
  • performed at DURGA KUND
  • Performed at VINDHYACHAL MAHOTSAV
  • Performed at Shivratri Mahotsav

Puri

  • Puri Beach Festival,
  • Samudra Mahotsav

Mumbai:

  • Shringarmani Dance Festival

Other performances:

  • Soorya Festival,Kerala,
  • performed in various festivals held at Chandigarh, Indore, Jaipur, Porbandar, Pune, Bombay, Kerala, Cochin, Bengaluru, etc,
  • Ghungroo Festival, Jabalpur,
  • Dance and Music Conference, Jalpaiguri
  • Performed at MAIHAR FESTIVAL
  • Performed at BABA ALLAUDDIN KHAN SANGEET SAMAROHA
  • Performed at a program organized by EZCC
  • Shal Mahul Festival,Jhargram
  • program organized by Malancha and Manjir Dance Academy in Tripura Navaraspur Festival, Bijapur
  • Barrackpore Music Conference, Barrackpore
  • various solo performances on television for Doordarshan
  • performed at Makhla Shinjini Dance festival, Uttarpara

Education and Accolades

Education

  • MA in Dance from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

Skill

  • Dancing
  • Teaching

Teaching Experience

  • Devi Pratidhwani in Kolkata, Padmabhushan Dr. Girija Devi’s institution
  • Srijan Chhanda in Kolkata, satellite institute of Srjan, Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra Nrityabasa, Bhubaneshwar
  • MUDRA KALA KENDRA
  • LALIT KALA AKADEMY (Salt lake)
  • MALANCHA (Shyambazar)

Award

  • ‘Chinta O Chetana’ award
  • Declared ‘First’ in Odissi dance competition organized by ‘The State Music State Academy’
  • ‘A’ grade artiste of Doordarshan (National Television)
  • Recipient of National Scholarship in Odissi from Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India.