Eminent Odissi exponent Ramani Ranjan Jena died at his native village, Remuna, in Balasore district on Saturday. He was 75.
Jena learnt Odissi from several gurus such as Gayadhar Panda, Ramaswami, Ramgopal Mishra, Raghunath Dutta and Mayadhar Rout and Kelucharan Mohapatra at Kala Vikash Kendra in Cuttack.
He taught the classical dance form at various institutes in India and abroad, including Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar, Kala Vikash Kendra in Cuttack, Kalakshetra in Chennai, Nrityagram in Bangalore and Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi. He also taught at Osaka in Japan.
Jena won several awards for his contribution to the field of Odissi. He got Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1987, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award in 2008, Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2009 and Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009.
"His loss has created a vacuum in the field of Odissi. He trained many dancers, who will continue his legacy. He had a very charming personality," said Odissi guru Ratikant Mohapatra.