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Radha Dutta [Mohiniattam Exponent]

Radha Dutta is among the first exponents/teachers of Mohiniattam outside of India, and the very first around the Washington, DC area. Radha is also a popular performer/teacher of Bharatanatyam and folkdances, in the Washington, DC area.

Radha's movements in Mohiniattam echo the soft, sensuous sway of palm leaves and serenity of Kerala backwaters. Her execution of Bharatanatyam retains a joyous chaste clarity.

Radha's love for Mohiniattam took her to Kerala, where she studied at the home of doyenne Kalyanikutti Amma and her daughter Shreedevi. She has also received training under the guidance of the Dhananjayans and Kalanidhi Narayanan, virtuosos in Bharatanatyam in Madras, India. In addition to her training in Carnatic vocal music, she has trained in Nazrul Geeti (Bengali songs by poet Nazrul) from the famous Purabi Datta, in Calcutta. She pursued her university studies in cultural anthropology at the University of Maryland, USA. Radha holds the title of "Nritya Praveen" degree in dance.

A performing globetrotter, Radha has given recitals at "Mandapa" in Paris, in the Maharaja's Palace at the Nishagandhi Dance Festival organized by the Kerala Department of Tourism, several television telecasts, to name a few. Radha is an "A" grade artiste of Doordarshan. She was in the renowned Ananda Shankar (son of Uday Shankar & nephew of Ravi Shankar) Contemporary Dance Troup, in India.

She has been writing as a dance critic/correspondent for The Statesman, Ananda Bazar Patrika, and other journals in India and the US. In 1990, she received the American Bengali Conference Award (Banga Sanmelan).

Radha has performed widely in four continents. In Lima, Peru, she performed for the country's president in 1997.

Radha's dance and music academy is "Kalalayam". She teaches Bharata Natyam, Mohiniattam, folk dances (including Bangladeshi and South Indian folk styles) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA (near Washington DC, northern Virginia, and Baltimore). She also teaches Carnatic music and Nazrul Geeti.

Radha has been involved in forming/initiating the following groups: IDEA--Indian Dance Educators Association (Radha was a founder and former director), Sangam (San Francisco), Treasures from Antiquity (Washington, DC), Jukta (Canada & USA), and Trishakha (Washington, DC).

Major Performances

  • International Dance Alliance, at the Music Academy, Madras, Feb. '94
  • Shankarabharanam Dance Fest, at Mylapore Fine Arts, Madras, Jan. '88
  • Nishagandhi Dance Fest, Kanakakunnu Palace, Trivandrum, Feb. '91
  • Many performances at Rabindra Sadan, Calcutta
  • Many performances at Kala Mandir, Calcutta
  • Performances at Netaji Indoor Stadium, Calcutta
  • Performances at Padatik--Calcutta's leading dance venue, Calcutta, June'86 & Dec. '91
  • India International Centre, New Delhi, Mar. '92
  • Bandish, at Lakshmi Kreeda Mandir, Pune, June '88
  • Science Conference, Bhubaneswar, Jan. '89
  • Several Doordarshan TV telecasts, in various cities
  • Paris, Mandapa; May, '90
  • Peru, special performance for the President of Peru; Aug. '97
  • Peru, International Tourism Convention; Aug. '97
  • Bangkok; Dec. '96
  • Toronto, Kalanidhi dance fest; Aug. '97

Contact Details

Tel : (301) 581-0323 & (301) 564-3683