Raised in a family of artistes, Arushi Mudgal grew up listening to the sounds of swaras and ghungroos at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, a music and dance school founded by her grandfather Pt. Vinay Chandra Maudgalya. At 16, she won the prestigious Bal Shree Award, and she has already performed at major dance festivals, including Internationales Tanz Festival in Germany and Morocco’s Fez Festival.
MUSIC IN THE FAMILY Born to vocalist Madhup Mudgal, Arushi takes inspiration from her parents and her aunt and guru Madhavi Mudgal. “The fact that I am constantly surrounded by people who have only strived for perfection in their careers means that I have learnt to do the same,” she says.
DANCE LEGEND Mudgal has also learnt unique personal characteristics such as humility from legendary Oddissi dancer and idol Kelucharan Mohapatra. “On a tour in Brazil with Guruji in 1999, he
gladly accepted to play pakhavaj during my solo piece,” she recalls.
PLAN AHEAD Mudgal, who is assisting Prof SK Saxena on a book related to aesthetics in Oddissi, is excited about her solo performance at the prestigious Music Academy in Chennai January next year.
ARUSHI MUDGAL, 25, Odissi dancer
“Every time I go on stage, there is a new adventure, a new story, and always a surprise