Sujata Mohapatra (born June 27, 1968) is an eminent Indian classical dancer and teacher of Odissi dancing style.
Early life and background
Sujata Mohapatra was born in Balasore in 1968. She started learning Odissi at an early age from Guru Sudhakar Sahu.
She came to Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, in 1987 to further her training under Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra at Odissi Research Center in Bhubaneshwar. She married Ratikant Mohapatra, son of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.
Her daughter Preetisha Mohapatra is also an Odissi dancer.
Sujata started dancing Odissi classical and folk dance with Sudhakar Sahu's dance troupe in programs across Odisha. Under the tutelage of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, her dance style evolved, and she was groomed to become one of the foremost Odissi dancers of her generation.
Sujata Mohapatra is also actively involved in teaching Odissi. Presently, she is the Principal of 'Srjan' (Odissi Nrityabasa), a prime Odissi Dance Institution founded by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Sujata holds a master's degree in Oriya Literature from Utkal University, and has done research work at the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneshwar.
She has performs in India as well as all over the world as a soloist and a leading member of the Srjan Dance Troupe, founded by her father-in-law.
In July 2011, she opened an Odissi Institute - Guru Keerti Srjan, in her hometown Balasore.
- Nritya Choodamani from Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai, 2014
- Mahari Award given by Pankaj Charan Foundation
- 2nd Sanjukta Panigrahi Award given by Chitra Krishnamurthi from Washington D.C.
- Aditya Birla Kala Kiran Award, Mumbai
- Raaza Foundation Award, Delhi
- Hope of India, 2001
- Nritya Ragini, Puri 2002
- Baisakhi Award
- Prana Natta Samman
- Abhi Nandika, Puri 2004
- Bheemeshwar Pratikha Samman, 2004
- Raaza Puruskar, 2008
- Top Grade Artist of Doordarshan Outstanding Category Artist in ICCR