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Leading Odissi danseuse, Kavita Dwibedi is ebullience personified. She is the founder of Odissi Akademi in Delhi, and over a long and distinguished career, has developed a highly individual style to enrich the Odissi dance form.

Daughter and disciple of veteran Odissi maestro, Guru Harekrishna Behera, Kavita was drawn, as though pre-destined, into the profession at the tender age of eight. Over a professional career spanning twenty years, she has proved her mettle with her performances that have been appreciated in national and international festivals in India and abroad.

With her graceful movements, supple footwork and expressive eyes, Kavita is indeed one of the Odissi’s finest and most outstanding exponents in India today. Kavita is known for her vision, versatility and superb Abhinaya. Her performances have a pristine and divine quality which leaves audiences mesmerized and elevates them to a higher state of consciousness.

She seems to have that alchemy which communicates without emphasis or over-played exuberance --- but with total elegance, subtle eye movements and a sinuous grace that seeps through with an alluring softness verging on the sensuous.

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Performances in India and Abroad
Khajuraho Festival of Dance 1996 at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.
Konark Festival 1992 at Sun Temple, Konark Organised By Government of Orissa.
Natyanjali Festival of Dance and Music 1997 at Nataraj Temple, Chidambaram
Soorya Music And Dance Festival 1994 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerela.
Mamallapuram Dance Festival (1994-2000) Organized By TTDC at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu.
Puri-Beach Festival 1996 At Puri , Orissa
Vaishali Mahotsava 2000 at Vaishali, Bihar
Jaislamer Festival of Music and Dance 2000 at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan,
Mardool Festival of Dance and Music - 2003 At Goa Organized By Goa Kala Akademy,
Chakradhar Samaroha – 2001 at Raigarh, Chattisgarh
Maihar Festival of Music and Dance - 2002 At Maihar, M.P
Kesarbai Kerkar Music - Dance Festival - 2002 at Goa Organized By Goa Kala Akademy
Dusshera Mela- 2006, Kota, Rajasthan
Mukteswar Dance Festival - 2007 at Bhubaneswar Organized By OTDC
Shravan Mahotsava - 2007 at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Ustaad Alladiya Khan Festival, 2008 at Jaipur Organized By Jawahar Kala Kendra
Puthur Music & Dance Festival, 2008 at Puthur, Kerala
Tansen Thyagraj Festival At Lucknow Organised By Uttar Dakshin Cultural Organisation. 1997
Jhansi Mahotsava 2000 At Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
Kinkini Nrithyotsava 1996 At Banglore.
Dhwajautsava 1996 Organised By Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Bombay.
Chittrai Festival 1994 At Madurai,Tamil Nadu.
Maharana Kumbha Sangeet Samaroha 2000 At Udaipur, Rajasthan
Kumaon Mahotsava 2000 At Almora, Uttranchal
Sur Taal Festival 2000, New Delhi, Organised By Ndmc, New Delhi
Festival of Letters – 2000, Organized By Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.
2nd Jiwan Pani Memorial Festival 1999 In New Delhi, Organised By Centre For The Indian Classical Dances
Nrutya Parva 1998organised by The Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi1998
13th Konark Dance Festival 1998 at Konark Natya Mandap, Konark.
Sangeet Nritya Samaroha 1990 Organised By Indian Council for Cultural Relations & Sangeet Natak Akademi In New Delhi1990
International Odissi Festival2007, At Bhubaneswar, Orissa
Naimisharanyam Festival of Music and Dance - 2003 At Kunnor, Kerala
Kannauj Mahotsava - 2003 at Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh

PERFORMANCES ABROAD

Festival Of India 2007 In Israel (ICCR) To Mark The 60th Year Of India’s Independence Celebrations, And Also In Greece, Jordan, Egypt And Croatia
Jerrash Festival 2007 in Jordan
Dubrovnik Festival 2007 at Croatia
Oriental and Glamour Dance Festival 1994 By the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Beijing, China
Viva La Gong Festival 2000 at Wollongong City, New South Wales at Australia
Thirroul Seaside Arts Festival 2000 At Thirroul Beach, Sydney, Australia
Verdens Kultur Festival 1997 At Arhus, Denmark
Werkstatt Der Kulturen Centre 1999 & 2000 At Berlin,Germany
United Nation’s Headquarters at New York, 1997
Kiez International Dance Festival 1999 at Richardsplatz, Berlin, Germany
Festival "Sur L’air De L'inde" 1999 at Paris For Two Consecutive Days Organised By Theatre En Tete, France.
Dahlem Museum 1999 &2000 at Berlin, Germany For Natraj School Of Dance And ICCR, Berlin
Republic Day Celebration at Maldives (By ICCR In 1995)
50th Anniversary Celebration of Indian Independence In Uk, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Denmark, Ireland And Norway (Organised By ICCR In 1997)
50th Year of Friendship Association Between Guangdong People's Friendship Association And Indian Federation For World Co-Operation And Cultural Relations 2006
Nrityanchal Music and Dance Festival 2001 At Bangladesh
All Pakistan Music Conference 2001 At Lahore, Pakistan
125th Anniversary Celebration of the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
50th Anniversary Celebrations of India-Japan Diplomatic Relations (ICCR) - 2002
28th Annual Convention of Orissa Society of America At Houston, USA. - 1997
Performed At The Nehru Centre, London 1997
Professional Assignments
For The Enlistment, Awareness And Propagation Of Odissi Dance Amongst The Youth, Kavita Dwibedi Has Been Extensively Conducting Lecture-Demonstration And Workshops On Behalf Of Spic-Macay In Various Schools And Colleges Of India.
On Behalf Of Ircen She Also Conducts Lec-Dems In Rural Schools Of India.
The CCRT Also Has Selected Her To Give Lec-Dems To Teachers Of Different Schools Of India.
Led A Delegation Of Children To Kyrgyzstan To Participate In The International Festival Of Children.
Abroad She Has Conducted Workshops In Odissi Dance At Houston, Usa, Indian Cultural Centre, Berlin, In Werkstatt Der Kulturen, Berlin, As Well As In Paris, Sydney, And In Nrityanchal, Bangladesh.
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