Geeta Mahalik
Geeta Mahalik Odissi Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee 2009-1.jpg
Born1948 (age 73–74)
OccupationClassical dancer
AwardsPadma Shri
Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Gramini Award
Websitehttp://about.me/GeetaMahalik

Geeta Mahalik (born 1948)[1] is an Indian Odissi dancer.[2][3][4] The Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri in 2014 for her services to the field of art and culture.[5]

Biography

Gita Mahalik began her training at a very early age from renowned guru, Deba Prasad Dash.[6] This was followed by coaching under Mayadhar Raut which helped Geeta to develop a style which many connoisseurs described as sheer poetry in motion.[2]

Geeta has travelled extensively, performing in many countries across the globe like France, Switzerland, China, Italy, Spain, USA, Canada, Germany, Portugal, Greece and many other countries in the African continent.[7][8] She has also performed at almost all of the major dance festivals in India, Khajuraho Dance Festival, Ellora Dance Festival, Elephanta Dance Festival, Konarak Dance Festival, Mahabalipuram Festival, Mukteshwar Dance Festival, Badri Kedar Utsav, Taj Festival, Kalidas Samaroh at Ujjain, Ganga Mahotsav and Mandu Festival featuring among them.[8]

Geeta Mahalik presently lives in Delhi.[3]

Legacy

Geeta Mahalik is generally credited with giving a national flavor to the traditional style of Odissi. She is also widely known to be a master of 'Rasa' (expression).[8][9]

Geeta has choreographed many dance dramas such as Lavanyavati, Krishnabhilasha and Draupadi - Antim Prashna which have won critical acclaim. It is reported that she has brought in many innovative interpretations and religious and secular overtones[9] through her choreography.[2]

Geeta Mahalik has founded a non-governmental organization, Geeta's Upasana, based in Delhi, for promoting arts and culture, especially odissi dance.[10][11] The organization regularly stages performances in Delhi and outside.

Positions

Awards and recognitions

Geeta Mahalik is on the artists panel of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Odissi" Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine Sangeetnatak.com
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "About me". About me.com. 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Odissi and Chhau dance" (PDF). Orissa Reference Manual. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Archaeology". Odissi Kala Kendra. August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Padma Awards Announced". Circular. Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Deba Prasad Dash". Narthaki.com. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Hindu". The Hindu. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d "Indian Express 2". The New Indian Express. 20 February 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Orissa diary". February 16, 2010. Orissa diary.com. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Upasana". India Mapped.com. 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Halabol". Halabol.com. 2012. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi". Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Indian Express 3". The New Indian Express. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2014.