Madhavi Mudgal


Contributing to the evolution of classical odissi dance with her artistic vision and talent, Madhavi Mudgal is a renowned dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She has become India's premier odissi exponent, garnering awards and acclaim for sustaining the art form's authenticity while pushing it beyond traditional constraints. Born into a family deeply involved in propagating the classical arts, she was immersed in music and dance from a very young age. She trained in Bharata Natyam and Kathak under great gurus and later turned to odissi which she adopted as her preferred medium. She has trained under Guru Hare Krishna Bahera and Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. Through teaching, performing and conducting workshops, Madhavi has been actively involved in propagating the art of odissi in New Delhi and other parts of India as well as the world. In 1985 she organized a seminar and festival, Angahaar, a first of its kind event in New Delhi when gurus, scholars, and dancers met to revisit the origins of odissi and think about the future trends of the dance form. She also directed and produced a short documentary that was screened at the festival. Madhavi's father, the late Professor Vinay Chandra Maudgalya was the founder of the famous Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi's first and most highly reputed institution for the teaching of Hindustani music and classical dance. Madhavi has been teaching odissi at this institute for many years. She received the Sanskriti Award, the President of India's award, the Padmashri, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to the world of Indian Dance.
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