Guru Muralidhar Majhi
Guru Muralidhar Majhi was born on 13th April, 1945 in Sabulia, a small village in the Ganjam district of Orisha, located near the Chilka Lake. He was initiated into the Gotipua tradition of Odissi by Guru Arjun Sahu and Guru Bauribandhu Sahu. He underwent training at Lalita Kala Pitha followed by Sangita Mahavidhyalaya in Bhubaneswar. Both these institutes awarded him scholarships for his excellence. He also studied under Guru Pankaj Charan Das, the master Guru of Odissi. Lalita Kala Pitha bestowed on him the title of Nrityacharya. Guruji was also felicitated with the Indian Critic Award.
In 1974 on relocating to Kolkata he joined as a senior grade lecturer at Rabindra Bharati University. He was very active in the Indian cultural scene and is credited with popularizing Odissi in Kolkata. Many generations of dancers have directly trained under him. He received national and international appreciation for his choreography and pakhawaj playing. He traveled worldwide with his disciples enchanting the audience with the beauty of Odissi. For his invaluable contribution to the world of art, Guru Muralidhar Majhi received the prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award as well as the Padmashree Award from the Government of India.
“Guru Is Brahma The Creator.
Guru Is Vishnu The Preserver.
Guru Is Shiva The Transformer.
Guru Is The Supreme Being Manifest In Human Form.
To That Supreme Divine Teacher,
I Offer My Heartfelt Salutations, Reverence And Gratitide.”