RAMANI RANJAN JENA
Akademi Award: Odissi
Born in 1941 at Remuna village in Orissa, Shri
Ramani Ranjan Jena was initiated in Odissi dance at an early age. Among
his teachers at various stages were Gurus Gayadhar Panda, Ramaswami,
Ramgopal Mishra, Raghunath Dutta, and Mayadhar Raut. Eventually, Shri
Jena found in Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra his true mentor in the field,
and learnt the art under his guidance at Kala Vikash Kendra, Cuttack.
A highly respected teacher, Shri Ramani Ranjan Jena has taught Odissi
dance at various institutions in the country. These include the Odissi
Research Centre in Bhubaneswar, Kalakshetra in Chennai, Kala Vikash
Kendra in Cuttack, Nrityagram near Bangalore, and the Triveni Kala Sangam
in New Delhi. For some time, he has also taught at Osaka in Japan. At
his own institution, the Kamal Kala Peetha in Cuttack, Shri Jena has
trained a number of dancers of repute including his son Rashmi Ranjan
Jena. At present, he imparts dance training both at his Kala Peetha
in Cuttack and at Triveni Kala Sangam in the Capital
Shri Ramani Ranjan Jena has been bestowed several prestigious honours
for his work including the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 2009, the
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award in 2008, and the Orissa Sangeet Natak
Akademi Award in 1987.
For his contribution to Odissi dance, Shri Ramani Ranjan Jena receives
the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.