Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra passes away at 86; CM Naveen Patnaik pays tributes, publicizes state funeral

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Mohapatra is credited with being the primary lady to carry out Gotipua, a precursor of Odissi, on stage.

Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra passes away at 86; CM Naveen Patnaik pays tributes, announces state funeral

Laxmipriya and Kelucharan Mohapatra. Picture through Fb/gurukelucharanmohapatra

Famous Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra, the spouse of legendary classical dancer Kelucharan Mohapatra, has died on account of outdated age-related illnesses, household sources stated on 21 March. She was 86.

Mohapatra, who hailed from Khurda, died at her residence in Bhubaneswar round 11.20 pm on 20 March, they stated. She is survived by her son Ratikanta Mohapatra and daughter-in-law Sujata Mohapatra, who’re additionally Odissi dance gurus.

Beginning her dancing profession at an early age on the Annapurna Theatre A in Puri in 1947, Laxmipriya got here in touch with Kelucharan Mohapatra on the Annapurna Theatre B in Cuttack. Although he was an skilled within the Odissi and Gotipua (a dance thought-about the precursor of Odissi) dance types, Kelucharan was then performing as a tabla participant within the theatre. They obtained married in 1947.

A preferred presence on stage, Lamxipriya featured in performs akin to Bharasa, Ta poi, Kalapahada and Dasavatara, experiences Occasions of India. Later, she stop her career. She has additionally acted in Odia motion pictures like Manika Jodi and Suryamukhi. She is claimed to be the primary lady to carry out Gotipua on stage, and the primary dancer to carry out Odissi on stage, experiences The Hindu.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over her dying and paid tributes to the dancer whereas recalling her contribution in selling Odissi dance. He introduced a state funeral for Mohapatra at Swargadwar in Puri.

With inputs from Press Belief of India.

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