Saswat Joshi

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Saswat Joshi
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Background information
Born (1984-12-18) December 18, 1984 (age 36)
Occupation(s)Indian classical dance, Performer, Choreographer, Model, Dance teacher
Years active2000–present

Saswat Joshi (born December 18, 1984) is an Indian classical dancer, choreographer, model and an exponent of the Odissi dancing style.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

Saswat Joshi was born in Titlagarh on 18 December 1984.[2] Saswat started his journey as a dancer when he was five years old under the able guidance of Guru Prasanta Patnaik and Guru Shantanu Behera at his native village Titlagarh, Bolangir.[3] He learned the basics of dance and postures of Odissi dance with great interest and dedication as a child artist.


As an Odissi dancer[edit]

Saswat started his professional Odissi training under Guru Padma Shri Kumkum Mohanty in 2000. He has been an exponent of Padma Bibhusan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi style. Under the tutelage of Guru Padma Shri Ileana Citaristi, his dancing flourished into its perfection. He is the recipient of a national scholarship from Ministry of Culture Government of India. He did his Visharad from Chandigarh University and was awarded Sangeet Ratna from Rabindra Bharati University. He has performed in world's biggest museum of Asian painting Musée Guimet at Paris, France in 2012. He has given many lecture demonstrations of Odissi in various universities worldwide. He is the only male dancer who performed in front of world wonders Eiffel Tower, Paris, France; and The Colosseum, Rome, Italy.

To popularise Odissi as Indian classical dance, he traveled and performed Odissi in many European and Asian countries such as Italy, France, Hungary, Finland, Japan, South Korea, Thailand etc..

He had shared the stage with many international celebrities of dance like Carla Fracci, Luciana Savignano, Giuseppe Picone, Beppe Menegatti, Rossella Brescia and Luciano Mattia Cannito in a production called 'I Have a Dream' at Palermo city, Sicily of Insular Italy[4][5]

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As a model[edit]

Saswat has modeled for many leading brands like Manyavar dresses, Boyanika as well as for many national and international brands.

He had undergone many photoshoots with the talented group Duti's Photomontage with photographers like Sindhujyoti Biswal, Dutikeshwar Ballav Das, and Dibyajeet Sasmal. All of his photos were selected for the promotional events of Manyavar and Manish creations in Bangalore and many other states in India with coverage in various media platforms and social media sites. He is the brand ambassador for Boyanika and he is the one odissi dancer who promotes sambalpuri ikkat worldwide. He wears sambalpuri kurta with ethnic designs for many prestigious platform and award ceremony.

As a choreographer[edit]

  • Dance Drama in Odissi
    • Matru Rupa
    • Mallhar
    • Devi
    • Shiv Tandav
    • Krishna Samarpan
    • Maa - based on biography of Ramadevi Choudhury
  • Fusion and creative choreography
    • Sarira
    • Five elements
    • Rainbow
    • Rudra
    • Satyam Shivam Sundaram
    • Consultant for Odisha contingent NCC cadets in Republic Day celebration at New Delhi.[6]


  • Sangeet Ratna from Bangiya sankrutik sangha, Rabindra Bharati University
  • Visharad with gold Medal in National Level and became the topper in Odissi dance , from Chandigarh University
  • Nalco Kharavela Award as an youth icon
  • The Telegraph Infocom Excellence award
  • The youth inspiration award from The Odisha Diary
  • Youth ambassador award from The Odisha Society of the United Kingdom, OSUK,
  • The Artist, Musee Guimet, france
  • Rotary inspirational award, from Rotary club
  • Chinta o Chetana National Award
  • Best choreography samman from Lions club , New Delhi
  • His Bollywood debut and his dance performance in the film" Koun kitney pani mein " was highly appreciated by world forum film festivals, and he became the Rangabati icon for the state and in India. The directoral venture by Nila Madhav Panda was the blockbuster hit.


As a dance teacher[edit]

Saswat is the founder of Lasyakala Institute of Performing Arts, where many new Odissi practitioners and talents are being shaped into their performing excellence. Under this banner Aekalavya Dance Festival is being organised every year to felicitate practitioners, experts and critics of Odissi.[8][9]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Art Vision - Workshops". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Saswat Joshi". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  4. ^ Connection, Sumathi, Saigan. "Review - I have a dream". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2014-12-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Odisha Diary-Fuelling Odisha's Future-Latest Odisha news, Top Breaking headlines, Odisha breaking news, Odisha Headlines, Odisha latest online news". OdishaDiary. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  8. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) - Orissa - Classical recitals by young artistes". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Tribute to gurus with recitals". Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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