Report by OD bureau; Bhubaneswar: Acclaimed Odissi dancer Rajashri Praharaj to perform in 7th Devdasi National Festival 2012 on 25th September 2012 at Rabindra Mandap at 6.30 pm.
Rajashri's performance will include an episode from Tulsidas's Ramcharit Manas - "Seeta Haran". Original dance composition by revered Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. The choreographic adaptation by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra and the music is composed by Pt. Raghunath Panigrahi.
It should be noted that Rajashri Praharaj is an accomplished artiste of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra gharana. She has been dancing since an early age. Her formal training in Srjan as a resident student under the able tutelage of her Guru Shri Ratikant Mohapatra, helped her to master the art and technique of Odissi. Rajashri has imbibed the essence of this style with purity and perfection. Her dance has the excellent blend of sensuous movement and graceful footwork with absolute control of laya.
She has performed widely as a soloist in India, and internationally. She has participated in Kal-ke-Kalakar of Sur Singar Samsad, Mumbai and won the "Sringaramani" title. And in the year 2007, the Nalanda Dance Research Centre, has awarded her the "Nalanda Nrutya Nipuna 2008" for her outstanding performance in Odissi dance.
Rajasri's performance in Odissi Dance Festival, organized by Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy - the New Indian Express in one of its reviews writes that – Rajashri's technical perfection combined with feminine grace gave glimpses of her bright future as a promising dancer with distinct signature of the Kelucharan 'Gharana'.
Rajashri holds a Master's Degree in Music from Utkal University of Culture, and also teaches dance to a variety of age-groups as one of the senior faculty members in Srjan (Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa).