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Mayadhar Raut

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Years active
1955- present


Madhumita Raut

Mayadhar Raut




Current group

Mamta Khuntia

July 6, 1930 (age 85) (
Kantapenhara, Cuttack districtOrissa

classical dancer, dance instructor

Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Dance - Odissi

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Guru Mayadhar Raut (born July 6, 1930) is an Indian classical Odissi dancer, choreographer and Guru.


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Early life and background

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Raut was born in the village Kantapenhara in Cuttack district, subsequently he received his dance training under the Guru-shishya tradition of Odissi by Rukmini Devi Arundale at Kalakshetra.

He is married to Mamta Khuntia, and they have one daughter and two sons; daughter Madhumita Raut is also a noted Odissi dancer.


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Mayadhar Raut has played a major role in giving Odissi its classical 'shastra' based status. He introduced Mudra Vinyoga in 1955. His notable compositions include ‘Pashyati Dishi Dishi’ and ‘Priya Charu Shile’, composed in 1961.

Mayadhar Raut is considered a master of Natyashastra and Abhinaya Darpana, and has enriched the Abhinaya vocabulary of Odissi. He taught in Kala Vikas Kendra founded by Babulal Josi in Orissa, and trained dancers Surendranath Jena, Hare Krishna Behera and Ramani Ranjan Jena. Raut taught at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra from 1970 until 1995.

As one of the founder member of Jayantika, an association formed in the 1950s, Guruji Mayadhar Raut has played a major role in giving Odissi its classical status. He is the first Odissi Guru to introduce MUDRA VINYOGA in the study of Odissi in 1955 and SANCHARIBHAVA in the Odissi dance items and also the first to present on stage enchanting Gitagovinda ASHTAPADIS, portraying SHRINGARA RASA. His notable compositions include ‘Pashyati Dishi Dishi’. ‘Priya Charu Shile’, composed in 1961. Earlier, only the Oriya songs or the ASHTAPADI ‘Lalit Lavanga Lata’ and ‘Dashavatar’ were taught and performed.

Guru Mayadhar Raut has been honoured with - Padma Shri by the President of India, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, Utkal Pratibha Puraskar, Odissi Sangeet Natak Academy Award, Rajeev Gandhi Samman, Kavi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Award and Tagore Akademi Ratna - one-time honour of Tagore Samman as a part of the ongoing commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore by the Sangeet Natak Akademy, National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama.

In 2010, his 80th birthday was marked by a five-day international festival of music and dance titled “Yaatra” in Delhi. On this occasion, a book titled, Odissi Yaatra - Journey of Guru Mayadhar Raut, written by Aadya Kaktikar and edited by Madhumita Raut, was also released.

A short documentary on the life and works of Guru Mayadhar Raut is available.

In August 2015, his 85th birthday was celebrated with a series of functions in Delhi and Jaipur by his disciple and daughter Madhumita Raut


Mayadhar Raut has received the following awards:

  • Padma Shri Award (2010)
  • Tagore Akademi Ratna (2011)
  • Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1985)
  • Sahitya Kala Parishad Award (1984)
  • Utkal Pratibha Puraskar (1984)
  • Odissi Sangeet Natak Academy (1977)
  • Rajeev Gandhi Samman (2003)
  • Kavi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Samman (2005)
  • Biju Patnaik Samman (1993)
  • References

    Mayadhar Raut Wikipedia