Regarded as one of India's foremost classical dancers, Aloka Kanungo is a rare combination of performer, choreographer, teacher & scholar. A worthy heir to the art of Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, her style has an elegance & dignity, which captures the audience. Her innovative creative ideas find expression through the language of dance in her much-appreciated productions , where she experiments with ancient Oriya traditions of Bandha and Stapatya Satya.
Initially trained by Guru Raghunatha Dutta and Guru Mayadhar Rout, she blossomed into a fine dancer under the tutelage and watchful eyes of Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra. She has received many prestigious awards , including the Shiromoni Puroshkar, Mahari Award, Udayshankar Award, Bharat Nirman Award, National Scholarship from Govt.of India and Senior Fellowship from Sangeet Natak Akademi.
She has performed in prestigious venues in UK, USA, Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Iraq besides many other countries. At present, all her dreams are woven around her Odissi dance insitution, Shinjan Nrityalaya.