Kedar Nath Sahoo
Born
Died8 October 2008
Kansari tola, Jharkahnd, India
OccupationClassical dancer
Known forChhau dance
Childrenfive sons and four daughters
AwardsPadma Shri
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

Kedar Nath Sahoo was an Indian classical dancer, known as one of the leading exponents of the Seraikella tradition of Chhau dance.[1][2][note 1] He served as the founder director of the Government Chhau Dance Centre (Chhau Nritya Kala Kendra) of the Government of Jharkhand[4] where he served from 1974 to 1988.[5] During the early stages of his career, he performed with the troupe led by Kumar Bijay Pratap Singh Deo, but later led his own group of dancers for performance in many places in India and abroad including Eastern Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. His students included many notable dancers[6] like Sharon Lowen, Gopal Prasad Dubey[7][8] and Shashadhar Acharya.[9] He was a recipient of the 1981 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award[10] and the Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2005, for his contributions to arts.[11] Towards the latter part of his life, his health failed[12] and he died on 8 October 2008 at his home in Kansari tola, aged 88, survived by his wife, five sons and four daughters.[13]

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  1. ^ "Chhau dance guru 'Padmshree' Kedar Nath Sahu passes away". One India. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ Richard Schechner (3 August 2010). Between Theater and Anthropology. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 100–. ISBN 0-8122-0092-6.
  3. ^ "Intangible Heritage Lists". UNESCO. 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Seraikella Chhau History" (PDF). Government of Jharkhand. 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Chhau Styles of Dance". Sharron Lowen. 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  6. ^ Julia Hollander (12 September 2007). Indian Folk Theatres. Routledge. pp. 52–. ISBN 978-1-134-40779-8.
  7. ^ "Biography". Trinetra Chhau Dance Centre. 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Blending grace and valour". The Hindu. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Eminent Exponent of Chhau". BIAF. 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Akademi Awardees". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Support for senior Chhau exponents". The Telegraph. 8 August 2006. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Chhau dance guru 'Padmashree' Kedar Nath Sahu dead". One India. 9 October 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2016.

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