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About Pratibha Jena Singh:

 

 

A remarkable performer, Pratibha Jena Singh is known for her expertise in expressing an expansive range of emotions. Being Guru Surendra Nath Jena’s eldest daughter, Pratibha began her training at an early age, under her father’s avid guidance. From here, she went on to imbibe the qualities of his Odissi style and has become its most accomplished exponent, performing in many national and international festivals of dance. Pratibha is also a teacher and an accomplished choreographer. Training in pakhawaj under Guru Prafulla Kumar Mangharaj has added to her in-depth knowledge of the arts. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Delhi.

 

A recipient of many awards and distinctions, such as the Shringhari Shyamsunder Award for Odissi in 1995 and a national scholarship from the Government of India for Indian Classical Dance from 1977 to 1984, and a scholarship from Triveni Kala Sangam for 2001.  Pratibha is an empanelled artist of ICCR and Doordarshan. She was also actively involved in a film project which documents the Odissi style of Guru Surendranath Jena, by AHRC Research Centre for Cross Cultural Music & Dance Performances, Roehampton University, London, in 2005-06. 

She has frequently been invited to perform in Eastern European countries, particularly Ukraine and Russia, where she has a group of dedicated followers. In 2008 she completed a two-month performance tour in the USA as a guest of Ganesh Academy of Indian Arts.  Besides this, she has conducted workshops and given lecture demonstrations in India for Sangeet Natak Akademi and in various schools for SPICMACAY.

She is currently teaching at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, with a view to continue a journey her father embarked upon. Her husband Bhumi Keshwar Singh and daughter Raudri are both dancers as well.  Raudri danced in a program in 2008 and Bhumi is well-known in the field of Saraikela Chhau Dance and Sanskrit Drama direction in Chhau Style.

 

Performances:

 

September-November 2008: New York, California, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina

(click here for details of Pratibha Jena Singh Tour 2008)

May-June (annually) 1998-2007:   Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow, Russia

November 2006:  Kalidas Samaroh, Ujjain

April 2005: International Festival of Indian Dances, Kiev, Ukraine

December 2001: International Odissi Dance Festival, New Delhi

February 2001: Khajuraho Festival of Dances, Khajuraho, U.P.

February 2001: INCERN;  India International Rural Cultural Centre,  New Delhi

March 1998, 1999, 2000: ISKCON Temple, Vrindavan, U.P.

 

Press Reviews:

 

“Odissi by Pratibha Jena as evolved by her father Guru Surendranath Jena is very different from that by Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and Guru Deba Prasad Das. It was heartening to see that this style of Odissi has followers in this part of the world.”

 

--- Ukraine India Bhai Bhai, 2005, Sunil Kothari

 

“The condition of the spirit is in the foundation of the dance and when I saw Pratibha’s dance I understood that this is not only the dance, but the inspiration of the communication with the dearest Lord.”

--- Kievski Telegraph Hari Krishna Herald, 2001

 

“Pratibha Jena has a radiant, joyous stage personality. She undertakes basic positions with clarity and is neat in her rendition… her dance has an openness which helps her flower on the stage.”

 

--- Delhi Times, Times of India, 1996, Ashish Khokar

 

 “Emotions (were) conveyed with full intensity and pangs of passion through her sinuous body which moved around with perfect grace and charm. Her tribhanga stances are simply marvelous.”

 

 --- Dainik Bhaskar, Bhopal, 1988, Christopher David

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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