ILEANA CITARISTI


Ileana Citaristi is an Italian-born Odissi and Chhau dancer, and dance instructor based in Bhubaneswar. She was awarded the 43rd National Film Awards for Best Choreography for Yugant in 1995 and became, in 2006, the first dancer of foreign origin to be conferred the Padma Shri for her contributions to Odissi. Ileana turned to Indian dance after years of experience in traditional and experimental theatre in Europe. Citaristi, who has been awarded the Padma Shri, has been living in Odisha since 1979 and her mentor is the renowned Guru Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra. In Bhubaneswar, she trains local as well as visiting students at her institution, Art Vision.