Gure Subash Ch. Swain

Subash Chandra Swain has undergone training in Odissi at Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya(Orissa College of Music & Dance)and completed his Master Degree in Odissi Style. Subsequently underwent intensive training under the noted the late Guru Shri Kelu Charan Mohapatra, Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and Ms.Kasturi Pattanaik. He has given dance performance of several places in India at Rajasthan, Kolkata, Nagpur, Delhi, Dheradun, Pandichery, Ludhiyana, Bangalore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Puri etc. He has participated at Konark Dance Festival, a major annual festival held in the precincts of the famous Sun Temple about 30 miles from Puri.

He has given Odissi performances in Osaka , Japan on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of India-Japan Diplomatic Relations Year, 2003 and the friendship year of India-Japan Cultural Year,2007 as well as conducted classes and workshops at various venues in Japan.

In the last 20 year, he has trained more than 100 students in Odissi. He has his personal dance school called “Nrutyangana” at Bhubaneswar, Dhenkanal, Bangalore and another at Osaka Japan.

He has received the All Orissa Journalist’s Award as a teacher. Although most of his repertoire consists of Guru Kelu Charan’s choreography, he has himself composed and choreographed several dance pieces as well as directed dance- ballets. He has choreographed dances for the television. His students perform regularly both stage and on TV.

Subash has been the recipient of the Senior National Scholarship on 2001 by H.R.D Govt. of India and junior fellowship on 2009 Ministry of Culture Govt. of India to pursue research work in Odissi Dance and B grade Doordarshan Odissi dance artist at Bhubaneswar.

He believes that dance is not just an aesthetic or physical act but an expression of spirituality.The strong elements in his dance is his foot-work and his agile movement, but his chief liking for the Abhinaya (or expressional dances) where songs in Sanskrit and Oriya are interpreted through mudras (or hand gestures) and facial expression.