Source: narthaki.com; Author: Nita Vidyarthi; Photo Courtesy: narthaki.com

‘Shradhanjali’ by the Odissi Dancers Forum, Kolkata, was initially dedicated to offer homage to the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Sanjukta Panigrahi but also paid tribute to Guru Muralidhar Majhi who passed away on the Guru Purnima day last month. Guru Muralidhar Majhi has to be credited to be the earliest guru to start teaching Odissi in the city. Born on 13th April 1945 in the village Sabulia of Ganjam district, Odisha, Muralidhar’s interest in dance as a child initiated him to the Gotipua system. Later he studied at the Lalita Kalapitha, Sangeet Mahavidyala in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Kala Vikas Kendra and was trained by Guru Pankaj Charan Das and Devi Prasad Das. He came to Kolkata in 1974 and since then had been its oldest resident gurus of Odissi. A minute’s silence was observed in his honour.

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