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Gullapudi Raman Kumari[Odissi Exponent]

Gullapudi Raman Kumari Odissi dancer

Gullapudi Raman Kumari is an accomplished professional dancer, teacher and choreographer in Odissi. And one of the rare dancers who thinks " Dance is life and Life is to Dance". She was initiated to the art of Odissi when she was barely 7 years old. She had her early training under Guru Shree Gajandra Panda and Guru Shree Sudhakar Sahu. Later she continued her studies under the able guidance of Guru Shree Dr. manoj Kumar Behera and gained a thorough grounding on Guru Shree deva Prasad style of odissi. Her quest for enriching her art with the technique and style is the final goal of her life.

Raman is one of the well-established artistes in the field today, part of a small group of contemporaneous peers so recognized. She has wide range teaching and performing experience in this field. She is planning to set up her own dance institution.

In addition to the teaching of theory and practice of Odissi, Raman is also an accomplished performer and choreographer. She has given stage performances to enthusiastic response and acclaim at several prestigious forums in India and abroad.

A friendly person loved by her students and liked by all, Raman focusses on moulding budding talent to professional standards of excellence, while at the same time pursuing her performing interests. She also keeps abreast of traditional odissi reportoire and contemporary trends, and as a consequence, is frequently invited to conduct workshops, judge talent in competitions and provide lecture demonstrations.

Awards & Merits

# Awarded the Akhya Mohanty Smruti Samman award by the Writers Association of Ganjam District on 15th February '04 at Berhampur.
# Was appointed as Judge in Eastern Zonal Inter University Festival.

# Was appointed as Judge for Navodaya group of Schools competition for Classical and Folk dance.

# Was appointed as a Judge for South Orissan Fine Arts competition for Classical dance.

Workshops: Conducted workshop for kids and parents at Urbana Library March 2007.

Major performances

Dist. Development Exhibition 1993 to 2002. Every year at Berhampur.

Sangeet Natak Academy, Bhawanipatna in Orissa 1997.

Sanskruti a festival of culture-1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.

Youth Festival-1998 and 2000 at Bhubaneswar.

Jayadev Sandhya, Chatrapur 1998. Sponserd by Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy.

Suchana Bhawan, 1999 and 2003 Bhubaneswar.

Eastern Zonal Inter University Youth Festival 2000.

Beach Festival 2001, 2002 and 2003 at Gopalpur-on-Sea.

Utkal Samajika Festival at M.P India 2001.

Medical Conference on 1st Jan 2001 at Chirimiri (M.P.)

Sahitya Sansad, Parlakhemundi 2001 Organised and sponsored by Sangeet Natak Academy.

Gopal Krishna Jayanti at Mandasa,A.P 2001. Sponserd by Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy.

Diwali Festival by Indian Community at Danville Illinois 2004.

Gopal Krishna Jayanti at Parlakhemundi 2004.

Telugu Cultural Association at Chatrapur 1998-2004.

State Telugu Cultural Association, Berhampur 2004.

Bhanja Jayanti at Buguda in Ganjam District 2004.

South Orissa Natak Mahotsav, Berhampur in 1999-2002 every year.

Conducted Seminar and Odissi Festival at Berhampur Kalaparisad, Berhampur Orissa.

Guest Artist at Senate Hall of Berhampur University on the function of Union Grants Commission 2003.

Guest Artist Senate Hall of Berhampur University on the function of NAC 2002.

Surabhi 1998-2002 (a District level Festival conducted by the District Administration).

Ganjam Law College in annual function in 2000-2003.

Surabhi 1998-2002 (a District level Festival conducted by the District Administration).

Nigamananda International Conference at Bhanjanagar in Orissa 2003.

Joda of Keonjore Dist in Orissa on the occasion of August 15th 2003.

Beach festival at PURI, Orissa 2003.

Upendra Bhanja Jayanti, M.K.C.G. Medical College, Berhampur, Orissa 2003.

Beach Festival at Paradeep, in Orissa 2003.

Cultural Programme conducted by the Employees Union of Chirimiri in M.P. during 2003. (Utkal Samajika Programme).

Performed at the State Level Youth Festival'2003 held at Khandamals.

Conducted Northern Zonal Festival of Inter Kendriya Vidyalayas of India through Kendriya Vidyalaya, Berhampur at Cuttack 2003.

Performed at Gopalpur Beach Festival-2003.

Performed at the Mahanadi Sahitya Sansad Festival, Sonepur-2003 sponsored by the Orissa, Tourism Development Corporation, BBSR.

Navel Collegiate function in Chatrapur, Orissa 2004

Choregraphe and performed at Door Darshan Programme, DD-I, on 17th March 2004 a Geeti Natya
(dance drama)titled as "Gopo Bibhooti" an Oriya Script.

Baladev Rath Smruti Samaroho Program at Berhampur sponsored by SANGEET NATAK ACADEMY, Orissa, Bhubaneswar on 20th March 2004.

Cultural Program conducted by the Oriya Employees Union of Chirimiri in M.P. on 01st April 2004 sponsored by the Sangeet Natak Academy, Orissa, Bhubaneswar .

Performed at the Diwali festival on 20th Nov 2004 conducted by Indian society at Danville Illinois USA.

Performed at the Ugadi festival on 10th April 2005 in Champaign Illinois USA. Organized by North American Telugu Association.

Performed at Basantatsab festival on 14th May 2005 in Chicago organized by Bengali Association of Greater Chicago USA.

Performed at Krannert Center of Performing Arts UIUC for International Humanitarian Awards Ceremony on 15 Sep 2005.

Performed at Crystal lake park for Don Moyers Boys and Girls Club on the occasion 16 great CU-Duck race on 8 oct 2005.

Performed at Tagore Festival in Champaign on 15 Oct 2005.

Performed at Diwali Festival in Decatur on 29 Oct 2005 organized by Gujrati association.

Performed at Diwali Festival in Danville on 5th nov 2005.Organised by Indian Society at Danville llinois.

Performed at Civic Center Champaign, IL on 11th Nov 2005.Organised by ICA on the occasion of Diwali.

Performed at Hindu Temple, Indianapolis, IN, USA on 25th Feb 2006. On the occasion of Mahashivaratri.

Performed at Great Hall, Wesley Foundation, Champaign, IL On March 4 th 2006 . A fundraising program, Vasant Bahar , organized by ASHA.

Performed at Parkland International fair on march 15th 2006.

Performed at civic center champaign Urbana on 1st April 2006 on the occasion of Tellugu Associations Ugadi festival.

Performed at Brookens Gym Urbana IL.on 12th August 2006 on the occasion of Janmastami & Indian Independence day celebration ,Organised by Krishna center UIUC and Indian community champaign urbana.

Performed at Hindu Temple, Indianapolis, IN on 23rd sep 2006.
On the occasion of Navaratri celebration.

Performed at civic center Danville on 28th Oct 2006. Diwalli celebration by Indian society at Danville, IL

Performed at the Lemont Temple Auditorium Chicago,IL , On occasion of 50th kanadda world conference on 18th nov 2006.

performed at the civic center champaign, urbana, IL 61820, on the occasion of Sankranti on 14th Jan 2007.

Conducted Odissi Dance workshop at Urbana Library, Urabana, IL on 26th February 2007.

Performed at champaign public Library, Champaign, IL on 25th March 2007.

Performed at Ekamara Haat, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India on 29th April 2007 . On the occasion of Nrtyashree Utshava.


Gullapudi Raman Kumari
1713 A Valley Road
Champaign, IL 61820