Source: The Hindu; Author: K. Pradeep; Photo Courtesy: Thulasi Kakkat

Madhavi Mudgal has a natural grace and poise, typical dancer-like. The senior-most performing exponent of Odissi, Madhavi Mudgal carries forward a long, rich legacy. Daughter of Pandit Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya, founder of the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in New Delhi, Madhavi grew up in an environment of dance and music. Nurtured in this ‘sanskar’ she was trained in Bharatanatyam and Kathak before she was lured by the magic of Odissi. Initiated into the art form by Guru Hare Krishna Bahera, she later came under the tutelage of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She is credited with bringing a refined sensibility to Odissi. The Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, Madhavi who has mesmerised audiences the world over was in the city to perform at ‘Parampara,’ the Indian classical dance festival on at JTPac.

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