Mitali Kamat D'souza

The senior most disciple of Ms. Jhelum Paranjape and part of Smitalay since its inception in 1989. A very talented Odissi dancer, she is now an excellent teacher in her own right.

Under the tutelage of Guru Jhelum since 1983, she has also been finely groomed by the Grand Guru Padmavibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra. Seeing Mitali's determination and love for the Odissi dance style, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra selected her for the festival of India held in Germany in 1992, where she performed along with Guruji and his troupe. She travelled to Italy with her Guru Jhelum Paranjape and Italian dansuese Ileana Citaristi performing for the ballet Maya Darpan in 1994. She has had the opportunity of performing and giving lecture - demonstrations in the USA.

Mitali is a recipient of the Central Government senior scholarship for dance. As a student ahe won the first prize for the inter collegiate Malhar Festival (dance) for 5 consecutive years, as also in Mood Indigo (IIT) Festival.


Some of her major performances include:

  • Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai.
  • Konark Festival, Orissa.
  • Akhil Bharatiya Yuva Mahotsav, Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
  • Raindrops Festival, Samved NCPA, Mumbai.

Mitali, a graded artiste of the Doordarshan has given solo as well as group odissi performances on television. She has danced for the title song of Amol Palekar's award winning film 'Daayaraa' and also a dance sequence in Hema Malini's serial.

Her excellence as a dancer and teacher prompted her Guru Jhelum Paranjape to take her as an assistant in the major choreographic work of Smitalay - the dance ballet 'Leelavati'. he enhanced the presentation of the ballet by playing the lead role of the intelligent daughter Leelavati.

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