Padmashree Guru Gangadhar Pradhan

Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Founder-Director of KNM is a teacher, performer choreographer, a Mardal player, an acclaimed artist of international standing, Padmashree Awardee and was the President of Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi during the year 2006-07. He created an enabling environment by organizing dance and music festivals for flourishing of different art forms of India in this part of the world. Many of the reputed dancers in the field of Odissi dance are his disciples. He is a recipient of Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India. For his outstanding contribution President of India conferred on him the prestigious Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1998. Guru Sri Pradhan is the first person from the field of Orissan art and culture who was given the prestigious teaching assignment at the famed Cornell University, USA. In spite of his stupendous achievements he remained humble which is a true hall mark of people with substance. Guru Gangadhar Pradhan initiated Konark Dance and Music Festival where artists of national and international repute participate and perform from 19th to 21st Feb of every year to promote and propagate the vast treasure trove of our art and culture.


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