Orissa Dance Academy organises persistent training classes both for Indian and foreign students to project and popularise Odissi Dance in the country and also abroad. A leading institution in Bhubaneswar, Orissa Dance Academy was founded in 1975 and strictly aims to foster Orissan art and cultural heritage through proper and rigorous training.
Orissa Dance Academy offers ample opportunities for the Odissi dancers to perform on stage. The academy has two sections, one for teaching and other for training. Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, the eminent Odissi Dance exponent and Sj. Dhirendra Nath Patnaik, the eminent scholar founded this institution. Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, who is one of the foremost exponents of Odissi Dance, at the tender age of six, received his training as Gotipua Dancer. After finishing his Natya Acharya in Odissi from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya under proficient guidance of Guru Pankaj Charan Das, Dr. Minati Mishra and Guru Deb Prasad Das; he also received rigorous training from Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra. Apart from mastering the delicate nuances and the subtleties of Odissi dancing, he is also a maestro of Mardala player. He is also a recipient of the State Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1993, the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998 and the prestigious Padmashree award from President of India in 2008.
This academy has made major contributions in projecting and popularising Odissi dance and music, as well as offering intensive training to artistes residing both in India and abroad. It maintains a close association with several cultural institutions in India and other foreign countries. Upholding a rich cultural heritage, the Orissa Dance Academy has moved ahead with its dignified and dynamic mission to hold many artistes into its cultural realm. Through its comprehensive activities, the Orissa Dance Academy aims at international cultural peace and accord.
The technique of learning adopted at Orissa Dance Academy is completely different from the usual method followed in most traditional dancing institutes in India. Based on the Gurukul Parampara of medieval India, the pupils in Orissa Dance Academy learn the art through perseverance, devotion, willpower and deep admiration for the teachers. Knowledge is thought to be a legacy that is handed over from generation to generation as priceless heirloom. The average training span is of ten years, with the program including both theoretical and practical on the technique of Odissi Dance. To know more read: