Odissi guru Ramani Ranjan Jena dies

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.

Bijepur by-poll: Union Min Smriti Irani to hit campaign trail tomorrow

Bargarh: Union Minister Smriti Irani hit the campaign trail in Bijepur for the ensuing by-poll to the Bijepur assembly constituency on Tuesday. She wi...

Kotia village row: OHRC seeks reports from RDC, Koraput Collector

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission has directed the state government to submit factual reports on the development in the Kotia villages o...

Naveen to hit campaign trail for BJD on Feb 20-21 in Bijepur

Bhubaneswar: As the campaign for Bijepur by-poll has picked up momentum, Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik will hit the campaign trail i...

Attack on Pandian's residence: Another accused held from Jharpada

Bhubaneswar: The Twin City Commissionerate Police have arrested one more person in connection with the attack on official residence of V Karthikeyan P...