Odissi veteran Minati Mishra passes away
Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odissi dancer and Padma Shri awardee Minati Mishra passed away in Switzerland, family sources said on Monday. She was was 91.
Following her demise, Chief Minister Naveen Patnik took to Twitter and expressed his condolence to the bereaved family. He said Minati’s lifetime devotion and contribution to the classical dance form is unforgettable.
Born in 1929 in Cuttack, Minati started learning dance and music at an early age under the tutelage of Ajit Ghosh, Banabihari Maity and Kabichandra Kalicharan Patnayak. She started learning Odissi under Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in 1950.
The danseuse worked alongside the first-generation gurus of Odissi such as Guru Pankaj Charan Das, Guru Deba Prasad Das and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra during her tenure at Utkal Sangeet Mohavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar from 1965 to 1989.
A recipient of Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 1975, Minati received the Padma award in 2012. She has also received Kalinga Shastriya Sangeet Parishad Award.
Besides, Minati has acted in five Odia movies, including Suryamukhi, Jeevan Sathi, Sadhana, Bhai Bhauja and Arundhati. She was also an A Grade artiste at All India Radio and a recipient of Sangeet Prabhakar title for Hindustani vocal music.
Noted for her expressive (Bhava) and dramatisation (Abhinaya) skills, Minati 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.
After death of her husband Nityananda Mishra in 1980, Minati retracted from dance performances and formally retired in 1990. She later settled in Switzerland and devoted her time for dance festivals, lecture tours and workshops in Switzerland, Canada and India.