Shashadhar Acharya (born 1961) is a Chhau dance exponent from Saraikela, Jharkhand, India. In 2020, he received the Padma Shri honour from the Government of India for his contribution in the field of Arts.[1]

Dance performance in Delhi


Acharya is a fifth-generation dancer from his family. He learned Chhau from his father, Lingaraj Acharya, and then from Natshekhar Bana Bihari Pattnaik, Vikram Karmakar, Kedarnath Sahu, and Sudhendranath Singhdeo. In the early 1990s, he left Saraikela to work at the Gurukul Dance Academy and then at the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. He is a faculty member at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and at the National School of Drama, New Delhi. He teaches at the New Delhi–based Triveni Kala Sangam. In 2020, he received the Padma Shri honour for his contribution in the field of Arts.[2][3][1]


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  2. ^ ANI (26 January 2020). "Artists become more successful if they get encouragement at right time, says Shashadhar Acharya". Business Standard India. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  3. ^ Pathak, Abhinav (26 January 2020). "Guru Shashadhar Acharya and Madhu Mansuri Hasmukh from Jharkhand to be awarded Padma Shri 2020". The Ranchi Review. Retrieved 17 February 2020.