Dr. Manoranjan Pradhan
Associate Professor
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Guru Dr. Pradhan has been doing his research and innovative works in the development of Odissi dance and its creative aspects for the last 43 years. He teaches Odissi dance at PG level in Utkal University of Culture for the last 11 years. He has travelled extensively to different parts of the globe to perform, to teach and to train. He was a visiting professor at Stanford University, Cornell University and different other universities in the USA, as well as Campina University, Brazil and various universities around the world. He has guided more than 100 scholars in Masters’ level and M.Phil level. He is a recipient of many global awards and has earn recognition for his performance in numerous organisations and universities across the globe.

Areas of Interest/Specialisation

Performing Art/Odissi Dance

Awards & Honours

1 Nritya Niranjan Award from USA, 2002.
2 Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy Award, 2022.
3 ‘TOP’ grade artiste of Prasara Bharati,New Delhi, 2016.
4 Bhumiputra Award.
5 Empanelled artiste of ICCR.
6 ‘A’ Grade artiste by the Culture Dept. Government of Odisha, 1996.

Books & Journals

1 Odissi Dance in Jagannath Cult and Gita Govinda Seva, Paripex – Indian Journal Of Research, 2017.
2 The Contribution of Odissi to Jagannath cult, International Education and Research Journal, 2017.
3 Cultural Tradition of Odisha and story on the role of classical Odissi dance. Research world Journal of Arts, Science and Commerce, 2017.
4 Use and application of Gita Govinda in Odissi dance, IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2017.
5 Importance of Religion dance and music in Odishan Culture, Global Journal for Research Analysis, 2017.
6 Odissi Dance in Temple Art of Odisha, Paripex – Indian Journal Of Research, 2022.


Sl. No.
Publication Name
1 The Journey of Odissi Dance, 2022, Pagemaker, Bhubaneswar. The book is about chronology and development of Odissi dance.
2 Odissi Dance in Sculpture Art of Temple, 2022, Pagemaker Publication, Bhubaneswar. The book is about the manifestation of Odissi dance in different sculpture art in Hindu temples.