Born and brought up at Balasore, Odisha Alpana Nayak began her training in Odissi
at the age of seven at the Nrutya Sangeeta Kala Mandira,
Balasore under Late Guru Deva Prasad Das and Guru Sudhakar Sahoo. She gained
her ‘Nritya Shree’ degree at the tender age of thirteen and
‘Nritya Visharad’ at nineteen. She has enriched her Odissi style under
Guru Hare Krishna Behera.
Alpana has performed Odissi Dance Solo in almost all major cities and cultural festivals
of India, England, Japan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Mongolia..
She performed in presence of the President of India in the Rashtrapati
Bhawan as a special invitee in April 2006.
Alpana has MA in Economics,
B.Ed. and Diploma in Computers. She is a graded artist
of Doordarshan Kendra Central Unit, empanelled on ICCR
and a recipient of Fellowship from Ministry of Culture, Government
Along with her performing career Alpana is also a dedicated teacher. She has taught
Odissi and different Indian folk dances in several cities of India, England and
Japan. Her Odissi dance disciples include children with disability. She has been conferred with the title of Guru Samrat
by SWID, Bangla Desh.
Alpana Nayak is among the very few exponents of Odissi dance who train train children with disability (physically and mentally challenged) in Indian classical and folk
dance forms for their holistic development in the society.
Alpana has contributed immensely to promote Indian culture in India and abroad by
conceiving, developing and presenting new compositions in Odissi style such as
VICHITRA VARNA – six facets of womanhood; PANCHA NAYIKA
of Kavi Samrat Upendra Bhanja, the great Oriya Poet of sixteenth century; BUDDHA
DEVA – the preacher of non-violence and GANGA AVATARAN
– the descent of the sacred river Ganga from the Heaven on this Earth.
She has delivered lectures on performing arts, Indian heritage,
education of special children at different places such as MS University Vadodara;
Devi Ahilya University, Indore; Anti Racist Forum, London; Institute for Mentally
Retarded Adults, Tokamachi, Japan, Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo, Sri Lanka; The Foundation
for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
India International Centre New Delhi and Arts University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
She has conducted lecture-cum-demonstrations in different schools of India. Her disciples
have won the prestigious national cultural talent scholarships in 2008 and in 2009
awarded by the CCRT, Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Alpana’s work essays the cause of spreading awareness among today’s
youth about rich, inclusive and composite cultural heritage of India.
Many National and International TV channels such as Doordarshan, Loksabha Channel,
Pragya TV, Sahara Samay, Focus TV etc and the All India Radio have documented and
telecasted/broadcasted her life and work. The Ambassador of the USA in New Delhi,
HE Timothy Roemer invited Alpana Nayak to the US Embassy and encouraged her work in
the area of disability and culture.