About Us


Our Mission

Share the art project

MUDRA FOUNDATION started in 2009 with the aim of sharing art and creativity. In the picturesque city of Bhubaneswar, in the culturally rich state of Odisha, Mudra Foundation has been thriving, since its existence to unify artists from various genres and segments, to inspire people, to propagate art and culture and eventually, take an effort to touch people from all sections of the society. Being an initiative by artists, Mudra Foundation has also tried, from time to time, to contribute to the cause of the underprivileged people through its creative skills. We believe that we can discover the potential of special needs people and share happiness through art.

MUDRA FOUNDATION lives with the aim to create a space for all, where people from any social background or creative discipline can join hands to be a part, contribute to the cause of the organization and carry forward our aim and objective in the future.

MUDRA FOUNDATION promises to continue spreading love in peoples’ lives through art and creativity and help the society towards a prospective growth.


Director’s Message

Name: Masako Ono

In 1996, Masako Ono joined NRITYAGRAM, the dance village started by the noted Odissi dancer, late PROTIMA GAURI BEDI, and won a scholarship for her studies. She received training in Odissi from SURUPA SEN and BIJAYINI SATPATHY and attended classes in Yoga, Kalaripayattu and Mayurbhanj Chhau. She also participated in workshops held at Nrityagram by WOLFGANG THEATRE, PAUL TAYLOR 2 COMPANY, THE EXPRESSIONS, ASHA COORLAWALA and ROBERT WILLIAMS.

Subsequently she has been living in Orissa where she received further training in Odissi from GURU KELUCHARAN MOHAPATRA, GURU RAMANI RANJAN JENA, and GURU NABA KISHORE MISHRA.

She is the only Japanese Odissi dancer, an empanelled Artist of ICCR, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Govt. of India.

She has performed and given lecture-demonstrations and workshops in India, Japan, USA, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Australia, France, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Peru and Bolivia. She has performed for the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Junichiro Koizumi and Mr. Shinzo Abe. She has been selected as one of the 100 most respected Japanese in the world by the Newsweek Japan in 2008, and NHK BS 1 has made a documentary film on Masako Ono in the series of “First Japanese” in 2007.

She has participated in the contemporary dance project with Boi Shakti and Gerard Mostard in 2008, and now she works on her new dance choreography based on various themes and concepts.

In between performances, she also puts her effort to nurture the future Odissi dancers and directs MOPA (Masako Ono Performing Arts) in India, Japan.

From 2010, she launched “MUDRA foundation” in order to support the activity of international artists help underprivileged children in India.
In 2012, Mudra Foundation took the initiative of launching ODISHA BIENNALE 2013 and organized the pre-event of ODISHA BIENNALE inviting artists from Japan and Europe.