Arushi Mudgal, Odissi Danseuse, a set on Flickr.
The young artistes who have arrived on the national stage and are on the threshold of excellence are awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademy with Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar. Each one is talented and will take the art form to the next level.
Arushi Mudgal, the young Odissi Danseuse, has been awarded the Yuva Puraskar by SNA for 2010.
Arushi is a bundle of energy, curious and inquisitive, eager to explore and excel. She is an inspiration to work with.
Born in 1986 into a family of musicians, Arushi has been fortunate in having an in-depth exposure to music and dance through the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, an institute started by her grandfather Padmashri Pt. Vinaya Chandra Maudgalya and headed currently by her father, Padmashri Madhup Mudgal.
She started learning Odissi dance formally at the age of five from her aunt Padmashri Madhavi Mudgal. She has passed the Visharad examination of the Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal in Odissi dance and the Madhyama Purna exam in classical vocal music. She did her schooling from Carmel Convent, Delhi, completing her 12th standard board examinations with a distinction in all the subjects that she appeared in. Later, she enrolled as an Honours student in Sociology at the Lady Sri Ram College, Delhi, before taking up dance full time.
Arushi has toured extensively in India and overseas as part of her guru’s dance troupe. Her most significant performances have been in Brazil, France (Theatre de la Ville), Germany (Berlin Festspiele) and Morocco (Fez Festival), where she had the honour of dancing with the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Madhavi Mudgal as part of a recital which illustrated the continuity of the Indian dance tradition through three generations. She has performed in South-East Asia, North America and England in ICCR tours. She has also represented India in Mauritius as part of a delegation under the cultural exchange programme of the National Bal Bhavan, Govt. of India, in August 2002.
Arushi has performed extensively as a soloist at various prestigious festivals within the country, including the Pandit Durga Lal Festival – Delhi, Arpan Festival – Delhi, Raindrop Festival – Mumbai, Sa Ma Pa Sangeet Sammelan – Delhi, Young Dancers Festival organised by the Attic – Delhi, Sangeet Natak Academi ‘Nritya Pratibha’ Festival – Shillong, and the 3rd International Odissi Festival – Bhubaneswar. A graded artiste, she has performed for Doordarshan (National TV) at Delhi and Ahmedabad, and is also empanelled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
She has conducted dance workshops at the Kadam International Summer School in Manchester, UK, and continues to assist her guru in her teaching assignments.
She is a also recipient of the Indian President’s Bal Shree Award, 2002 by the National Bal Bhavan, Delhi, the Original Mind Award, 2002 in the category of Performing Arts, and the Sanatan Nritya Puraskar in 2006.