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A performer, choreographer and guru, Arundhati Roy is prominent among odissi dancers of India today. Having groomed herself initially under Guru Murulidhar Majhi under and later under Late Padmabibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra for the last thirty-five years. She has not only synthesised the pure odissi form of the two maesteroes but added colour & vibrancy to her art through new improvisations.

An M.A. in Odissi from Rabindra Bharati University she has to her credit various accolades both in India and Abroad.

Arundhati's dance recitals in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Britain, U.S.A, Vietnam & Singapore, Bhutan have gained her much international attention.

She is the Secretary of the Odissi Dancers forum of Calcutta and has organised classical dance festivals on the occasion of Guruji's Birth Celebration & Sradhanjali for Guruji and Late Sanjukta Panigrahi.

She is an enlisted artist in Doordarshan and has performed solo & group in Calcutta Doordarshan & National Program of Dance several times.

She was an announcer of CALCUTTA DOORDARSHAN for ten long years. She has lately been experimenting with film and television as an actress in films produced by APPLAUSE ENTERTAINMENT & television series "Bastab" produced by BAG FILMS telecasting by TARA BANGLA channel.

Arundhati Roy is an esteemed choreographer who is known for her varied experimentations with her media. Her stage productions range from combining different classical forms in Tagore dance dramas, modern contemporary themes and poetries.

She has choreographed Tagore's Bhanusingher Padabali, Borishono Mukhorito Aji (Monsoon Ballet), Navarashe Nari, Urvashi. Urvashi based on the poem 'Urvashi. Arundhati has performed several times in programs organized by West Bengal State Music Academy, Tagore Birth Celebrations and Uday Shankar Nritya Utsav. Her recent choreographed musical "Pravartan" is an experimentation of its own kind. It explores the evolution of Indian Classical Dance form from its tradition to its present state.

In May 2011, she was invited by Singapore Tagore Society to choreograph "Navarashe Nari " (based on Tagore Songs) by the artists of Singapore and Calcutta. It was highly appreciated by critics and audiences.

She has also choreographed several classical forms with odissi in Kathak-Odissi Jugalbandi. She also choreographed for Saoli Mitra's famous drama "NATHA BATI - ANATHABATA".


As a Trainer she is achieved various heights in her career. Her disciples are not only from India but are spread out in southeast Asia, Europe and U.S.A.She has conducted various workshops in the city. She has also jointly conducted a dance workshop with the famous ballet dancer Ivan Lishka from Munich.

She has trained different media personalities as well.

She worked as a dance trainer in the film "Yuganta" directed by Mrs.Aparna Sen & trained the famous actress Rupa Ganguly who portrayed the Odissi Dancers role in the film.

She has established Chandril Odissi Dance Centre in the year 1985. She has been appointed as a judge of CCRT, Rajya Sangeet Academy of Rashtriya Yuva Utsav and a designated judge for Rashtriya Yuva Utsav.

She was recently on BBC Radio and Deutche Welle (German Radio) in extensive interview to explain her art form.

  • August 2016 visited Singapore for a guidance & supervised for a Dance Drama 'Aditya' organised by Singapore Bengali Association.

Still from Tagore's Poem 'Urvashi'
Photographer: Saborno Mukhapadhyay

A six member Indian Odissi Dance Group led by Ms. Arundhati Roy visited Vietnam from 3-14 June 2010.The group gave a mesmerizing performance in Hanoi on June 4, 2010 and then proceeded to Hue to represent India in the prestigious Hue Festival. The group gave 4 performances in Hue which were highly appreciated reaffirming our faith in the eternal relevance of the classical dances of India. The group left for India on June 14, 2010 after a highly successful tour of Vietnam, the tour was sponsored by Indian Council for Cultural Relation.

She along with her group gave very graceful & mesmerizing performances in Puri, Chennai and Lucknow at Sanskriti Yatra. The Sanskriti Yatra Express, a special train being run by Indian Railways to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Thakur.The group performed a dance drama based on Tagore’s poem ‘Urvashi’ which was highly appreciated by the audiences and also by the Indian Railways.

Urvashi, a mythological dance drama, shows
a youthful beauty descending from heaven
Guru Arundhati Roy and her disciples strike
a pose in a scene from Urvashi
Shri Sanjiv Garg, DRM presents a bouquet to Ms Arundhati Roy in appreciation
 

 

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