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LATE GURU DEBAPRASAD DAS

   

 

Guru Deba Prasad was born in 1932 in Keul Chabi Sua village near Jhankada in District Cuttack. His father Durga Charan Das was a police inspector. He lost his mother Indramani Devi at the age of one year. He learnt Chhanda, Chaoupadi, Keshaba Koili, Kantakoili, Manobodha Chautisa etc. from his grand father Bauri Bandhu Das, a gumastha by profession who was also a violin player as well as a music director of a Natua Troupe at Keul. 

Guru Debaprasad went to Puri and stayed with his uncle for continuing study. But he was not interested in his studies and was drawn more to Dance and Music, Drama, Jatra, Painting etc. for which he was punished many times but nothing cooled his passion for music and dance. 

He joined Gutipua troupe of Nrutyaguru Mohan Charan Mohapatra of the Pathara Akhoda. He also went to Ganjam and learnt terracotta painting from Prahallad Patel. In 1944 he was employed as an actor in New Theatres and was there until 1949. He took female roles as well as those of a comedian. He joined Annapurna Theatre as a dancer and comedian where he got an opportunity to learn various classical and folk dances from Guru Kumar Dayal Sharan of Madras. 

He started teaching Gotipua dance to eager students. Guru Deba Prasad was the first local man to teach Odissi Dance to a non-Oriya dancers; the famous Bharatnatyam Dancer Indrani Rehman was his shishya. He joined Utkal Sangeet Mohavidyalay in 1964 as an Odissi dance lecturer.

He received the Sangcet Natak Akademi award in 1977 and an award from World Development Corporation in 1983. He also received a senior fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India for research on Dance as ritual in Jagannath - Seva and Akhada sampradya.

Guru Deba Prasad Das passed away before his time at the age of 54 on 16th July 1986.

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