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.