Anita Babu

Odissi dancer

Anita Babu

For Anita Babu, Life is Work & Work is Life. This is so true for many people who have decided to dedicate their life to their profession. And Anita is one of them. But at the same time Anita also believes in not running away from other worldly duties. She is a teacher, dancer, housewife, mother, sister, daughter and a daughter-in-law, all rolled into one. And still she manages to do justice to all these roles with aplomb.

 Coming from a simple Oriya middle-class family, she started learning Odissi at the age of 7 in her school before she became a disciple of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and has remained ever since. In a society where girls learning dance after a certain age was looked down upon, she got the unstinted support of her family to continue with her dance but without ignoring normal education. In spite of a lot of time being dedicated to Odissi, she still completed her Master in Arts degree in Anthropology from Utkal University.

Anita has been learning this dance form at the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, an institution set-up by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. Senior dancers of ODA like Nandita Pattnaik, Aruna Mohanty and Bichitrananda Swain have also played an important role in laying the foundations of Anita early in her life. She has been refining her dancing skills under the constant guidance and encouragement of her Guru as well as of the other senior students of the academy like Bichitrananda Swain and Aruna Mohanty.

With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, her Guru, well wishers, patrons and sponsors Anita is determined to scale greater heights as a dancer and also make Odissi Natya Sala a premier institute for learning Odissi dance in India.


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Anita Babu - Odissi Dancer
Anita Babu - Odissi Dancer
Anita Babu - Odissi Dancer
Anita Babu - Odissi Dancer
Anita Babu (Odissi Dancer) Performing in concert at Mysore
Anita Babu (Odissi Dancer) Performing in concert at Mysore
Anita Babu performing in concert with her group
Anita Babu performing in concert with her group

Over the years, Anita has given numerous performances not only through the length and breadth of India but also overseas in countries like Nepal and United States. She has participated and performed at various festivals, namely the Konark Dance Festival, Puri Beach Festival, Pallavostava, etc. She is also a regular performer on Doordarshan, the national TV network and is also an empanelled artiste in ICCR in the Reference Panel of Artistes. Her dedication to Odissi and pursuit of excellence finally paid result when she was selected by ICCR from among a galaxy of artistes to go on a long tour of the US -2003 in which she gave more than 17 performances and 5 lec-dems.

Some noteworthy  performances are :-

 Durga Puja Celebrations, Mayur Vihar,Delhi

Odissi-Kathak-Kuchipiudi performance at Indo-China Youth Forum, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Govt. of India        

Utkal Diwas celebrations of Gurgaon Oriya Samaj, Gurgaon: India

Govt. of Orissa Utkal Diwas celebrations-New Delhi: India

Asian conference on Storytelling to promote the              Reading Habit in Children -New Delhi: India

Odissi dance and lec-dems on behalf of IRCEN-Gulbarga: India

Odissi Kathak Jugalbandi-Gaya: India

All India Army Doctor’s conference-New Delhi: India

Internatinal Odissi Festival organized by IPAP-Washington DC

Govt. of Orissa Utkal Diwas celebrations               - New Delhi: India

Odissi dance at ‘Phalgun Utsav’ organised by Govt. of Bihar - New Delhi: India

Odissi dance at ‘Partnership Summit’ organized by CII and Govt. of Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad: India    

Odissi dance at 'Pallavothsava-2002’, Mysore: India

Odissi dance at ‘Sur Singar Samsad’, Mumbai: India

Odissi dance at ‘Institute of Social Sciences’ New Delhi: India

At 'Orissa Day’ by Lucknow Oriya Samaj Lucknow: India

 Odissi dance, organized by India International   Centre New Delhi: India

Odissi dance, ‘HORIZON’ by ICCR-Lucknow: India

Konark Dance Festival-Konark: Orissa

Odissi dance at ‘Orissa Day’ celebrations at India International Trade Fair- New Delhi: India

 Odissi dance at the opening ceremony Kathmandu Utsav - Kathmandu: Nepal

Odissi dance at 'Orissa Day' celebrations organized by Office of the Principal Resident Commissioer,       

Govt. of Orissa-New Delhi: India, Odissi dance at LBSNAA-Mussorie: India

Odissi dance at India Habitat Centre-New Delhi: India

Odissi dance organised by Times of India (Newspaper In Education – NIE) New Delhi: India         

Odissi dance, ‘HORIZON’ by ICCR-New Delhi: India

Odissi dance at Kala Mela-Kolkata: India

Dance at Kolkata Travel & Tourism Exposition-Kolkata: India

Odissi Dance at 'Puri Beach Festival'-Puri: Orissa


Odissi Dance by Anita Babu

Over the years, Anita has given numerous performances not only through the length and breadth of India but also overseas in countries like Nepal and United States. She has participated and performed at various festivals.
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