06 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Minati Mishra, known for her expertise in Odissi dance and a Padma Shri awardee breathed her last at the age of 91 in Switzerland on Monday.
She was one of the most revred and respected Odissi dancer who was reported to be the oldest living Odissi performer.
Born in 1929 in Cuttack, she learnt dance and music at an early age under the tutelage of Ajit Ghosh, Banabihari Maity and Odissi from Kabinchandra Kalicharan Patnayak. And in 1950, she became the disciple of renowned Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra.
She even learnt Bharatnatyam for one year and rendered several performances in various Indian cities. In 1959, she got an opportunity to perform in Switzerland which led to dance performances around the world. She even got a doctoral degree in Indology from the Philipp University of Marbur, Germany for her thesis ‘Natyashastra’.
She was multi-talented. She had acted in four Odia films, all of which received National Film Awards for the best regional cinema. Apart from this, she was also an A grade artist at the All India Radio and was a recipient of Sangeet Prabhakar title for and Hindustani vocal music.
Noted for her expressive (Bhava) and dramatization (Abhinaya) skills, Mishra has tutored many known Odissi performers such as Gobind Pal, Durga Charan Ranbir, Chapala Mishra, Minakshi Behera, Anita Singhdeo, Bimbadhar Das and Sanjukta Das who have become Odissi gurus in their own rights.
Expressing grief over the death of the Odissi maestro, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said she will be remembered for her contribution in the field of Odissi.