The history Odissi dance over last sixty years in the story of the life and work of Guru Mayadhar Raut. Known as one of the four pillars of Odissi, his style of Odissi (Mayadhar Raut Paddhati) is Bhava Pradhan.
The book captures the dynamic years of the 30s, 40s to the 70s in the world of Odissi. It describes, in detail, the struggle and the hardships undergone in redefining and codifying Odissi as one of the prominent classical dance forms of India. It elaborates the initial years of all the Gurus and Scholars together at jayantika and the making of Kala vikas Kendra. Illustrated with rare photographs, it also gives a detailed and delightful glimpse into the world of Kalakshetra.
This is a story that had to be told.
It is a great pleasure for me to write about”Odissi Yaatra” written on the life of the world renowned Odissi Guru Mayadhar Raut. A respected performer & a great teacher of Odissi, his contribution to Odissi for the last 60 years is very well documented by his daughter Madhumita and her shishya Aadya. I am sure this book will be a great help to all those who want to know the history of Odissi and its development.
Pt. Debu Chaudhuri (Sitar maestro & Recipient of Padma Bhushan)
The story of Odissi dance through the life of Guru Mayadhar Raut is beautifully written and illustrated with rare pictures in this book. Narrated by Guru Mayadhar himself, this is the most authentic account of the rebirth of Odissi post – independence.
Shri Ram Vanji Sutar (Eminent Sculptor & Recipient of Padmashri)
2011 | ISBN (13) 9788188827213 | Viii, 152 pp., 29 cm. | Rs. 1995