In May 1996 Odissi and Chhau dancer Ileana Citaristi won the 'National Award for best choreography' for her dance direction in the Bengali film 'Yugant' directed by Aparna Sen.

It is undoubtedly a fact that the dance music of the most important items of Odissi repertoire choreographed by Kelu babu are the compositions of the two music maestros guru Balakrishna Das and guru Bhubaneshwar Mishra.
("My work on Odissi in association with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra", Dheerendra Nath Pattanaik, Nartanam Vol IV #2, Apr - June 2004)

A valuable manuscript Niladri Archana Chandrika written by a Mahari of Jagannath temple describes the ritual dances of Maharis, their daily life and customs.
(Dance Dialects of India by Ragini Devi)

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