BHUBANESWAR: Noted Odissi dancer Geeta Mahalik has been chosen for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for the year 2009.
Mahalik, who was trained by Guru Deba Prasad Dash and Guru Mayadhar Raut, both leading names in Odissi, has carved a special place for herself both in India and abroad.
She is considered the brand ambassador of the new Odissi which is traditional in style and technique but national in language and content. Soft and subtle, Mahalik’s dance is known for her mastery over ‘rasa.’ Conferred several awards and recognitions for her dance including the Senior Fellowship in Odissi dance for 2002-04, Mahalik was honoured by the then President Dr R Venkatraman for her performance at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
She has performed at all major dance festivals. Overseas, she has performed at many countries such as Spain, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Canada, USA and China.
Besides Mahalik, general council of the Akademi also named Ananda Shankar Jayant (Bharatnatyam), Prerna Shrimali (Kathak), Kalamandalam Rajan (Kathakali), L Bino Devi (Manipuri), Vyjayanathi Kashi (Kuchipudi), Daksha Sheth (Creative and Experimental Dance) and Kala Krishna (Other Major Traditions of Dance and Dance Theatre) for the award in the dance category.