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.

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