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An Odissi Dance Centre would be opened on January 16 next at the Oxford University in the United Kingdom to help Odissi dance gain global recognition. It is an initiative of Baisali Mohanty, a Master’s Degree student in International Studies at the university.
The centre would hold regular Odissi dance classes for university members. Classes and Odissi workshops at other renowned institutions like the Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, the University College London (UCL), the King’s College London (KCL), the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh would be conducted by the centre’s founder-director Baisali Mohanty. Info Courtesy: Daily pioneer
About Baisali Mohanty –
Baisali Mohanty (born 5 August 1994) is an Indian classical dancer and choreographer of classical Indian dancing style Odissi. She is the founder of Oxford Odissi Centre that is involved in promotion and training of Odissi dance at University of Oxford and other world-renowned institutions in United Kingdom .
She is a regular contributor on foreign policy and strategic affairs to several prestigious international publications including openDemocracy, London. She is an ALC Global Fellow for the year 2015-16 affiliated to University of Oxford.
Baisali Mohanty Education :-
Baisali Mohanty was born on 5 August 1994 in Puri, Odisha.She was educated at Blessed Sacrament High School Puri and KIIT International School, Bhubaneswar.She received her bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi. She is a post-graduate scholar at University of Oxford where she is writing her dissertation on Nuclear Diplomacy.
Odissi Career of Baisali Mohanty :-
Baisali Mohanty received her training in Odissi dance from renowned Odissi teacher Padma Shri Guru Gangadhar Pradhan for over a decade until his demise. She received advance training in Choreography from another eminent Odissi teacher and choreographer Padma Shri Guru Ileana Citaristi. she holds a Visharad Degree in Odissi dance with first class distinction.
She has been performing solo and group choreographies with her own dance company “Baisali Mohanty & Troupe” in international and national festivals for over fifteen years.
Awards of Baisali Mohanty :-
In 2013, She was felicitated by India’s National Commission for Women at New Delhi on occasion of International Women’s Day for her outstanding achievement. In the same year, her dance composition paying tribute to the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim won her the top prize at Delhi University dance contest across all categories.