Prateeksha Kashi and Sujatha Mohapatra

Prateeksha Kashi hails from an artistic family of the legendary Dr Gubbi Veeranna and was initiated to dance at a tender age of five. Ever since she is being trained in Kuchipudi-a classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh, under the guidance of her mother and guru Smt. Vyjayanthi Kashi, a celebrated performer and choreographer.

An empanelled artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Prateeksha is a graded artist of the broadcasting media-Dooradarshan Kendra. Prateeksha was honored with the “Aryabhata International Award-2011” and “Young Dancer Award” by Sanjali Dance Academy for excellence in Kuchipudi. She has the titles of Nalanda Nritya Nipuna, instituted by the renowned Nalanda Dance Research Centre and Nritya Jyoti, awarded at the Naveen Kalakar to her credits.


Prateeksha has performed in several prestigious Indian dance festivals including Unbound Beats of India-New Delhi, Ananya-New Delhi, Rain Drops -Mumbai, Jayasmriti-Mumbai, Ankur Utsav-Kolkatta and more. Prateeksha has received invitations from the prestigious Milap Fest-UK and Asea-Italy not only to perform but also to conduct Kuchipudi workshops along with her mother.

She was polled by the audience to be the winner of the dance competition held at New York and her performance at Los Angeles for the first International Kannada Convention was highly appreciated. She has had an initial footing in the theatre domain when she played the lead role as Akkamahadevi in the telefilm “ Hejje Guruthu”.

Prateeksha’s passion extends beyond dance to acting, teaching, organizing and natuvangam. With a keen interest to spread Kuchipudi and to inspire the youth towards it, Prateeksha coaches dance aspirants in Bangalore, India. Her organizing abilities were well appreciated when she volunteered to be part of dance jathre, India’s one and only International Dance Fair. With her passion, exquisite grace and commendable command over the technique, Prateeksha has won the hearts of many art lovers in the cultural domain.
Prateeksha Kashi performs on the
19 April at Seymour Centre – 2:00pm to 3:15pm. To avail of tickets call 0411 015 396

Sujata Mohapatra

A distinguished danseuse of Odissi, Srimati Sujata Mohapatra has made a mark for herself among the present generation of dancers and has won whole-hearted applause from audiences and critics alike.
She made her foray into the dancing arena in her early childhood when her interest in dance was nurtured from an early age by her parents. As the disciple and daughter-in-law of the late guru Padma vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, the legendary exponent of Odissi, she inherited his devotion and passion for the classical dance form. Eighteen years of rigorous training under the guidance of her guru eventually moulded her from a devoted and diligent disciple into a graceful performer.

Her dance is particularly noteworthy for her strict adherence to her guru’s style
and vision and for her lyrical movements which perfectly epitomize the grace and technical perfection of the Kelucharan Mohapatragharana. Widely travelled over the world as a soloist, she has also been a leading dancer in most of her guru’s great choreographies.

Apart from being an excellent performer, Srimati Sujata Mohapatra is also actively involved in teaching Odissi and she conducts workshops in various places throughout India and internationally. At Srjan, the institute founded by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra for imparting training in Odissi, she works alongside her husband Ratikant Mohapatra to carry on their Guru’s legacy.

In recognition of her contribution to the field of Odissi, she has received the Pandit Jasraj Award from Mumbai, the Mahari Award from the Pankaj Charan Das Foundation, the second Sanjukta Panigrahi Award from Washington DC, the Raaz award from Raaza Foundation, New Delhi and the Aditya Birla Kala Kiran Award from Mumbai among others.

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