Dr Minati Mishra passed away in Zurich Switzerland today

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Renowned Odissi dancer Dr Minati Mishra passed away in Zurich Switzerland today January 6,2020.

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Renowned Odissi dancer Dr Minati Mishra passed away in Zurich Switzerland today January 6,2020.

Born in 1929 in Cuttack, Odisha Dr Mishra started learning Odissi dance and music at an early age under the tutelage of Kabichandra Kalicharan Patnayak, a known Odissi dancer and under Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, the renowned Odissi Guru.

In 1954, Dr Mishra joined Kalakshetra of Rukmini Devi Arundale, on a scholarship from the Government of Odisha, and learned Bharatanatyam for one year.

Dr Mishra was awarded a doctoral degree in Indology from the Philipp University of Marburg, Germany. From 1964 to 1989 she was the Principal of the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar.

Dr Minati Mishra has acted in five Odia movies. The first among them, Suryamukhi was released in 1963, followed by four more movies, Jeevan Sathi,Sadhana,Bhai Bhauja, and Arundhati. All the movies, except Bhai Bhauja, received the National Film Award for the best regional cinema. Dr Mishra was also a Grade A artist at All India Radio and is a recipient of Sangeet Prabhakar title for Hindustani vocal music.

Dr Minati Mishra is a recipient of the 1975 Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.She has also received the Kalinga Shastriya Sangeet Parishad Award and in 2000, she received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

In 2012 the Government of India gave her recognition by awarding her with the Padma Shri award.

Dr Mishra is survived by her son Dr Sabitava Mishra

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