Sampradaya is said to be a body of practice, views and attitudes, which are transmitted, redefined and reviewed by each successive generation of followers. Participation in sampradaya forces continuity with the past, or tradition, but at the same time provides a platform for change from within the community of practitioners of this particular traditional group.
Guru Durga Charan Ranbir belongs to the parampara of Guru Deba Prasad Das. By receiving diksha into this parampara, Smt. Leena Mohanty, now belongs to its proper sampradaya.Nritta Ganeshi Manoharan has been initiated into this parampara of living gurus Durga Charan Ranbir and Smt. Leena Mohanty.
The programme will see this parampara of Guru Deba Prasad Das, being exhibited in its authentic style, as we have Guru Durga Charan Ranbir, Smt. Leena Mohanty and Nritta Ganeshi Manoharan with us.
Quiet and watchful, yet, lighthearted, passionate about details, but also gentle and spontaneous - this is Guruji. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards from the Department of Culture, Government of India as well as other major academies for his research in Odissi. These include the Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy Award 1998 and 2005. Besides teaching, research and propagation, Guruji has made significant contributions through choreography. He has a good number of solo as well as group compositions to his credit. He has served as instructor and examiner at major institutes of learning in India.
Leena Mohanty is not only born to dance, but has established her credentials through sheer hard work and dedication.She has been awarded the coveted and prestigious Mahari award and was the recipient of the first Ustad Bismillah Khan Youth Award in 2006 from Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi. Through her commitment to Odissi, Leena has proven to be a versatile dancer with a vision. She is the artistic director of Bansi Bilas, an institution devoted to training young and upcoming dancers of Guru Deba Prasad Das’ School of Odissi and provides a creative outlet for dancers, musicians and art lovers in Bhubaneswar.
Nritta translates to “pure dance”. She has been named a “Wonder kid of Asia” for her academic performance and her excellence in Odissi. Nritta’s early exposure to dance came through her mother, Shangita Namasivayam, the founder-director of Kuala Lumpur-based Kalpana Dance Theatre. Nritta, however, has chosen to express her innate gift for dance through Odissi and has blazed her own trail around the world as one of the youngest and most promising stars of the dance form.