Kendra, a pioneer
Institution for imparting training in
Odissi dance, undoubtedly owes its existence to
Behera, who has been involved in the teaching of this dance form ever since
1960 in various organisations in the capital. In 1964,
Behera started a
Niketan' for teaching
Odissi, perhaps first of its kind in
However, it was only in 1971 that
Behera conceived the idea of developing an exclusive centre promoting
Odissi dance in the
Capital - a dance form which had hitherto not received adequate attention.
The idea was to establish a premier
Institution to cater to the needs of lovers of this classical dance form, and thus he temporarily opened a
Place), IPTA, Delhi. Around 1976,
Das and together they laid the foundation for the development of this art through 'Kalinga
The first performance by the students was staged in
However, within a year, the society was renamed
Kendra'. With the encouragement and active support of well-wishers like
Kendra came into formal existence as a registered society in
Delhi in 1981.
Ever since then, the
Kendra has been growing multidimensionally and has attracted students from all parts of the country.
Kendra has been largely responsible for propagating
Odissi dance in the
Capital, where the awareness and popularity of this dance form is now quite noticeable.
Kendra has emerged as a foremost cultural institution in the nation's
Capital and earned a special place in the cultural milieu of
Delhi. The students of
Kendra have been giving memorable performances in the country as well as abroad.
A number of foreigners are also being trained in this dance form.
Kendra is getting financial assistance from
Development to carry on its activities.
We continue however to strongly feel the need to have our own building.
if the present response is any indication, the
Kendra has every reason to look forward to
a still brighter future, through the patronage and help from the various
academies, government institutions, societies and art lovers.