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Arushi Mudgal

Odissi dancer

Arushi Mudgal
   Biography
Born into a family of musicians, Arushi has been fortunate in having an in-depth exposure to music and dance through the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, an institute started by her grandfather Pt. Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and headed currently by her father, Shri Madhup Mudgal. She started learning Odissi dance formally at the age of five from her aunt and Guru Smt. Madhavi Mudgal. In 2007, she completed her graduation in Odissi dance.

Arushi has performed extensively as a soloist at various prestigious festivals within India and abroad, including the Musee Guimet Festival in Paris, Showcase at Alvin Ailey: Joan Weill Dance Center in New York, USA, festivals in Greece and Remscheid, Dance India Asia Pacific Showcase in Singapore, Stirring Odissi International Festival in Malaysia, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Festival in Delhi, Umang Festival at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai, and the Music Academy Dance Festival in Chennai, to name a few.

In 2008, Arushi was invited by the famous dancer-choreographer Pina Bausch of Wuppertal Tanz Theater to perform at the Internationales Tanz Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany. She also performed at Theatre de la Ville, Paris and various other cities of France, Belgium and Austria as part of a recital named ‘Famille Mudgal’, and the Fall for Dance Festival in New York & Los Angeles, USA. She was awarded the first Touring Fellowship by Milapfest, UK for 2010-11. She toured different cities of the UK in May 2011, giving highly appreciated performances and workshops.

A graded artiste, Arushi has performed for India’s National TV at Delhi and Ahmedabad, and is also empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. She has conducted dance workshops in France, USA, London, Manchester and Singapore, and is a regular performer for SPICMACAY, having given numerous lecture demonstrations in Delhi, various cities of Rajasthan, Dehradun and Mussourie.

Besides this, Arushi has also toured extensively as part of her guru’s dance troupe. Her most significant performances have been in Brazil, France (Theatre de la Ville), Germany (Berlin Festspiele) and Morocco (Fez Festival), where she had the honor of dancing with the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Madhavi Mudgal as part of a recital which illustrated the continuity of the Indian dance tradition through three generations. She has performed in South-East Asia, North America and England on ICCR tours, and has represented India in Mauritius as part of adelegation of the Govt. of India.

Arushi has co-authored a book on aesthetics of Odissi with the senior scholar and aesthetician Professor S.K. Saxena. A graded artiste of Doordarshan, she is empanelled with the I.C.C.R. She has conducted dance workshops in various cities of France, USA, United Kingdom and Singapore, and is a regular performer for SPICMACAY.
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Arushi Mudgal
Arushi Mudgal
Arushi Mudgal Odissi dancer
Arushi Mudgal Odissi dancer
Arushi Mudgal presents Ahlad
Arushi Mudgal presents Ahlad
Odissi dance recital by Arushi
Odissi dance recital by Arushi
 Arushi Mudgal Photo Credit - Divakar Mani
Arushi Mudgal Photo Credit - Divakar Mani
Arushi Mudgal Photo Credit - Inni Singh
Arushi Mudgal Photo Credit - Inni Singh
Arushi Mudgal Performance
Arushi Mudgal Performance
   Career
Here is the list of major international performances of Arushi Mudgal 

• Sama - Tour of France.
• 'Saptakam' -A showcase of seven dance-forms of India- Tour of China 
• Sama - Tour of Switzerland - STEPS Contemporary Dance Festival - May 2014 
• Tour of France - Performances & Workshops - February 2014 
• `Swadesh' presented by Milap fest, UK - March 2014
• Orfeo - Crossing the Ganges - Cite de la Musique. Paris. October 2013
• Beginners workshop at the Cornell University. Willard Straight Memorial Room - November 2012 
• Performance at Barnes Hall Auditorium. Cornell University - November 2012 
• Performances at the Musee Guimet, Paris - October 2012 
• Introduction to Odissi Dance - Workshop organized by Les Ateliers du Monde at Confluences, Paris - October 2012 
• Masterclass de danse Odissi - Workshop in Montpellier. France. October 2012 

Major performances in India 

• Sopaan - The Lotus Blossoms. Natya Darshan Conference - Kartik Fine Arts. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Chennai - December 2014 
• Performance at Chandigarh - November 2014 
• Spicmacay performance under the Virasat series at Shiv Nadar School. Gurgaon - October 2014 
• 'Tarpan' — Festival organized by Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi: March. 2014 — Kamani Auditorium. Delhi 
• Orfeo - Crossing the Ganges - An Opera by Monteverdi September 2013 
• 'Samaagat' - A Synthesis Duet by Arushi Mudgal and Monisa Nayak Sri Krishna Gana Sabha. Chennai - July 2013 
• 'Haveli' - Kamani Auditorium. New Delhi - July 2013 
• India Habitat Centre. New Delhi in 2012 
• Performance at the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Festival. New Delhi in 2012 
• The Music Academy Dance Festival. Chennai in 2012
• Umang Festival at National Centre for Performing Arts. Mumbai in 2011 
• Pandit Durga Lal Festival (Delhi & Kolkata)
• Kartik Fine Arts (Chennai) 
• Brahma Gana Sabha (Chennai) 


   Programs

Arushi Mudgal presents Ahlad

An abstract dance of joyous abandon where the dancer blissfully becomes one with the dance. This piece celebrates the joy or ahlad of movement and melody in dance. Music composition by Pt Madhup Mudgal. Choreography by Arushi Mudgal

Arushi Mudgal presents Odissi dance recital

Arushi has performed extensively as a soloist at various prestigious festivals within India and abroad, including the Musee Guimet Festival in Paris, Showcase at Alvin Ailey: Joan Weill Dance Center in New York, USA, festivals in Greece and Remscheid, Dance India Asia Pacific Showcase in Singapore.
   Awards & Achievements
In 2008, Arushi was awarded the first Touring Fellowship by Milapfest, UK for 2010-11. 
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