Founded in 1975 by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan, Orissa Dance Academy is an institution engaged in teaching and promoting Odissi dance, music and related art forms. It has played a prominent role in popularizing and propagating Odissi in India and abroad. Its exemplary training method and skilled teaching staff have produced young solo dancers and innovative group compositions. Odissi dance has been predominantly performed by female dancers. However, this institution has made it a priority to produce some of the most talented and versatile male dancers in the field of Odissi.
ODA’s repertory group has enthralled audiences in the U.S., Canada, U.K, South America, France, Holland, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Germany and other countries of Asia and Europe. Their faculties have taught all across India and abroad, including the United States.
The organization is led and nurtured by Aruna Mohanty, one of the finest dancers in the field of Odissi.