Odissi Guru Ramani Ranjan Jena passed away on March 26, 2016 in his village Remuna in Odisha.
Born on August 15, 1941 in Udambar village near Remuna in Balasore district of Odisha, Guru Ramani Ranjan Jena had his initial training in dance and music at the age of 11 from a local teacher. After working with a touring theatre troupe as a child artiste for four years, he joined the Janata Ranga Manch at Cuttack as a dancer.
He was later trained in Odissi under the guidance of Guru Raghunath Dutta, Guru Mayadhar Raut and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra at Kala Vikash Kendra (KVK), Cuttack. He also obtained a bachelor’s degree in Kathak from the KVK. During his six years of stint with the Kendra as a faculty member, Guru Jena was guided by luminaries like Kali Charan Patnaik, Babulal Doshi, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pankaj Charan Das, Deba Prasad Das, Balakrushna Dash, Dhirendra Nath Patnaik and Bhubaneswar Mishra, to pursue the profession as a dancer.
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