Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lingaraj Pradhan

Lingaraj Pradhan is a young, energetic and committed dancer, who has dedicated himself to the supreme power of dance. His sculpturesque dancing, radiant eyes and ever-smiling face light up the light of one’s world.

Trained since the age of fifteen under the able guidance of Guru Shree Bichitrananda Swain, under the direct supervision of Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Lingaraj has had the honor of touring many places in India and abroad with the Rudraksh Foundation. He is training many enthusiasts hailing not only from different parts of India but also from The U.S, Canada, France, Germany and Japan. He is also frequently invited to conduct workshops and has taught in such cities as Seattle, Los Angeles, Tampa, Paris, Germany, Italy and Mumbai. 

He completed his Masters in Music in Odissi Dance from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar and was the recipient of the National Scholarship from the Govt. of India. He has been awarded the prestigious "Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar" for the year 2009 by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. He studied Mardala under the tutelage of Guru Sri Banamali Moharana, Guru Sri Gangadhar Pradhan and is continuing under Guru Shree Dhaneswar Swain.

His goal is to empower and inspire the youth of today with the transformative power of dance. 

Rashmi Ranjan Barik

Since his childhood, Rashmi Ranjan has followed his interest in Odissi Dance and has been pursuing it till date. He is continuing his training at Rudraksh Foundation under Guru Bichitrananda Swain and simultaneously doing his Bachelor of Music in Odissi Dance at Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar. He has performed in national as well as state level festivals like Uday Shankar Dance Festival, Kolkata, NCPA, Mumbai, Kharavela Mahotsav, Bhubaneswar, Baishaki Nrityotsav, Visakhapatnam etc. 


Amulya Balabantray

Amulya Balabantaray started his initial training as a gotipua dancer under the able guidance of Bijay Kumar Sahoo. He was carefully nurtured under the direct supervision of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan at Orissa Dance Academy. Currently, he is one of the upcoming artistes of Rudrakshya, being trained under the able guidance of  Guru Bichitrananda Swain. He is the recipient of Senior National Scholarship from the Govt. of India. Amulya has performed at many major dance festivals of India like Konark Dance Festival, Odissi Festival, Mamallapuram Festival, Natyanjali Festival, Odissi Sandhya, Megha Utsav, Mukteswar Dance Festival, etc. He also had the privilege of performing at the 2nd International Odissi Festival,2003, USA. He has also performed in all the major cities of USA in 2003.

Saswat Joshi