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Geeta Mahalik Padma Shri Awarded In 2014

Geeta Mahalik

Geeta Mahalik

Award Name : Padma Shri

Year of Award : 2014

Award for : Arts

Location : Koraput, Orissa, India


Geeta Mahalik is an Indian classical dancer, regarded by many, as one of the finest exponents of the Indian classical dance form of Odissi, the oldest among the eight Indian classical dance forms. The Government of India honored her, in 2014, with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for her services to the field of art and culture. She was born in 1948 in Koraput, Odisha, India. She has performed more than once in all the major dance festivals of the country like Khajuraho, Ellora, Elephanta, Konarka, Mukteswar Dance Festival, Ganga Mahotsav, Badri Kedar Utsav, Taj Festival, Kalidas Samaroh at Ujjain, Mandu Festival, Mahabalipuram Festival, etc. Crossing the shores of India, she has performed in USA, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, China, Mongolia, Nepal and many countries of East and West Africa under the auspices of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Her innovative choreography in dance-dramas like Lavanyavati, Krishnabhilasha and Draupadi:Antim Prashna has won tremendous plaudits from critics and connoisseurs alike.

She has been invited to be a member of several Expert Committees of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India dealing with selection of performing arts and artists. She has also been a member of the Expert Committee of the Ministry of Defence for selection of school children’s dance items presented at the Republic Day Parade. She was a member of the General Council of the central Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi and also of Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi. She is the Founder-Director of Upasana.