Maguni Charan Das
Died5 December 2008
OccupationTraditional dancer
Known forGotipua dance
AwardsPadma Shri
Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Tulsi Award

Maguni Charan Das was an Indian traditional dancer of Gotipua, a traditional dance form of Odisha.[citation needed]


He was the founder of Dasabhuja Gotipua Odishi Nrutya Praishad, a school for Gotipua dance where the art form is taught in the traditional Gurukul way.[1] Born in Raghurajpur, in Puri district of the Indian state of Odisha, he is known to have contributed to the revival of Gotipua tradition, which is widely considered as the precursor of the classical dance form of Odissi.[1] His style of performance is known as the Raghurajpur Gharana of Gotipua[2] and his school provides training in the dance discipline, while taking care of the academic education of the students. He was a recipient of Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Tulsi Award.[1] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2004, for his contributions to Gotipua dance.[3]

Das died on 5 December 2008.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "God's Little Dancers: The Gotipua Tradition of Odisha". Craft Revival. 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Bold Troupers of a Folksy Dance Cult". Indian Express. 13 December 2014. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Eminent dancer Guru Maguni Charan Das dies". Orissa Diary. 5 December 2008. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.