About The Guru

The Name Pankaj Charan Das is synonymous with the miraculous reveil of Odissi. Most of the present day Gurus and dancers have some under his tutekge at sometimes or the other. That by itself is a singular achievement. In terms of pure dedication to his art, in terms to his devotion to the creative environment of Puri, in terms of his exemplary courage to rise above povery and familiar distree, the passage of his life and work is unparallel in the annals of Odissi Dance.

Guru Pankaj Das loved a full life, well beyond 80 years of age born in 1919 passed away on 11th June 2003. Numerous honours and awards came his way, mostly in the latter half of life, these include President award by Sangeet Natak academy, New Delhi,. Orissa Sangeet Natak Acdemy, Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Award and “Padmashree” the prominent award bestowed to Guru Sri Das by the Govt of India.