September 6, 2019

Noted Sattriya Danseuse Dr Anwesa Mahanta Chosen for Prestigious Award

Noted Sattriya danseuse and scholar Dr Anwesa Mahanta has been chosen for the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman for her contributions to the Sattriya tradition. 

A senior disciple of Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora, a Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padmashri awardee, Anwesa performed extensively in India and also the overseas, including the USA, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, France, England, Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. She made academic presentations in various institutions of higher learning and research.

Earlier, she was also awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Akademi. Currently, Dr Anwesa is the Director of Kalpavriksha that imparts training in Sattriya dance, music and theatre.

The coveted Kelucharan Mahapatra National Award instituted by Srijan, an acclaimed institution of Odissi in memory of its founder guru, is offered to both senior and young scholars and practitioners to mark the 25th anniversary of Srijan. Dr Anwesa is the daughter of Professor Pradip Jyoti Mahanta and noted writer Minati Choudhury, and wife of Dr Joshodeep Boruwa, a scientist and a painter.

Prantik Deka.


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