Ratna Roy

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Biographical Note

Ratna Roy, Ph.D., started her training in Odissi dance in 1972 under Guru Govinda Chandra Pal, and from 1977 until his death in 2003, she trained under Guru Pankaj Charan Das. One of his seniormost disciples, she has performed extensively as a soloist in India, the USA, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, the Baltics, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, China, and Japan. In the US she is well-known for her own choreography based on her dual heritage as an Indian and an American. Ratna has published several articles in both Indian and US journals and has received fellowships and awards for her dance and scholarship, including the Advanced Fulbright Fellowship (1985), American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship (1988), National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship and Summer Fulbright Fellowship (1988), Arts International Award (2001), Fund for Folk Culture Award (2005), Washington State Arts Commission's Master Apprenticeship Award (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010), the Gordon Ekvall Tracie Memorial Award (2008), and WSAC's Fellowship Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts (2008).

Currently, she is a Senior Faculty Member in Dance at The Evergreen State College, Washington, USA, Odissi instructor at The Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), and Artistic Director, Urvasi Dance Company.

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Latest Publication Title

Neo-Classical Odissi Dance, Harman Publishing, 2010

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

The book was written as a manuscript initially to enable students to understand the historical and contextual background to the dance style. There has been no academic book on the subject. That initial work was expanded to include material that I felt was necessary for students who wanted to Study Abroad. With all of my work in co-ordinated studies at Evergreen, the final manuscript ended up as a collection of essays centralizing Odissi dance within a broader, world-wide, geo-political context.