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Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu,  Guru Maheshvarah Guru Sakshat Paranhma Brahma tasmai Shri Guruve Nahamha
My lifelong pranam to my Guru's and mentors for your guidance and friendship. 

Lisa was initiated into Odissi dance by Jayantee Paine, of Herndon Virginia.  For the past 15 years, she has learned exclusively from Guru's Ratikant and Sujata Mohapatra with mentorship from Dr. Aparupa Chatterjee and other Srjan teachers to include Rajashree Praharaj 

Sri Ratikant Mohapatra , the son of the Late Guru Kelucharana Mohapatra is a leading choreographer and  preserver of Odissi dance.  He is the Director of the world class dance  institute Srjan.  He has been awarded numerous accolades for his contribution to dance.  Shibu bhai  is an integral part of my dance journey.  He is always there providing support and guidance as I grow and teach future generations.

 Smt. Sujata Mohapatra is the disciplie and daughter in law of the Late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.   She has been awarded numerous awards and is actively involved in teaching Odissi worldwide.  In 2007, Lisa started attending Srjan learning and refining Odissi under the guidance of Smt. Sujata Mohapatra.   She continues to guide me in the journey of life and dance.

Aparupa Chatterjee is a former repetory group member  of Srjan and the Director of the Odissi Dance Company.  Lisa works closely with Aparupa for fine tuning, mentorship and frequently brings her to the Washington DC area for workshops.  


Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra 

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