Devasmita Patnaik is the leading Odissi dancer of France, and is also well-known as a choreographer and a story-teller. She has studied under the two greatest gurus of Odissi, Guru Durga Charan Ranbir and Kelucharan Mohapatra, the founders of the two schools of this style of Indian classical dance. Devasmita was trained in Bhubaneswar, a city which throbs with Odissi. During the long years of apprenticeship, her sister Madhumita was always a precious source of inspiration.
She has had the privilege to dance with Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra at the famous “Théâtre du Soleil”. She also assisted him during dance workshops staged under the aegis of Arta, at the Cartoucherie.
She excels in Abhinaya, giving form to the subtleties of emotion through delicate facial expressions.The audience is fascinated by the fluid movements, the intricate rhythms and the sacred atmosphere created on stage during the performance.
Devasmita, the only Odissi dancer in France, performs regularly at various venues in Paris, including Unesco and the Musée Guimet. She is often invited to participate at festivals and give solo performances in different parts of France and different countries in Europe and Asia. She regularly conducts dance workshops in schools, colleges and yoga school.
Devasmita is the only Indian dancer to have given performances in sacred places as Sainte Chapelle in Paris, the Monastery of San Salvador of Leyre in Spain, St Aurelie in Strasbourg, the Dominican Abbey in Guebwiller, and the Treille Cathedral in Lille.
Devasmita’s dance is a form of devotion and a search for joy. She takes her stand in the ancient tradition of Indian dance, which unites man to the Divine reflecting the harmony between the body, the senses, the mind and the soul.