Smt. Aparupa Chatterjee, founded ODC in 2015 as a member organization of the Odissi institution, “Srjan”, the premiere Odissi center of India at Bhubaneshwar, founded by Padmabibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, who invented this dance form as how it exists at present.
Aparupa is a professional Odissi dancer, performer, teacher and choreographer and has served A&M culture and heritage from 2007. Aparupa has learnt Odissi from the age of 7 and at present has set up her Odissi base in Texas, USA. She also founded the organization International Institute for Culture and Performing Arts Development (IICPD) at College Station, Texas, to spread the art of Odissi dance in the USA. Her goal was to train and encourage talented dancers and promote Indian arts, culture and heritage with a focus on Indian Classical Dance.
Aparupa has organized workshops throughout USA with “Srjan” (India) and its present director and her instructor (for the past 15 years), Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, between 2008 through 2015. She has presented several notable performances with Guru Ratikant Mohapatra and Smt. Sujata Mohapatra, a doyen of Odissi dance.
Few of her brilliant performances are SPICMACAY, Rathayatra festival of Austin, South Asian Bengali Association of Texas, Pecan Dance festival, Navasota Shivarathri festival, TAMU International Week, Brazos World Fest, Orissa Society of America 2011, Houston Durga puja festival, 2009, Bangladesh Close Up Opening ceremony, 2009, Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance festivals, (2007-2010), FOBANA at Los Angeles, 2010, India Association Festivals, Texas, 2007-2009, New Jersey Cultural Festival, 2010, and so on.
Aparupa has been successfully training students at Austin,College Station and Houston. Students have completed their Manchapravesham under her guidance, on completion of the required courses of Odissi. She encourages a variety of other Classical dance forms and hosts many events on and outside campus. She visits Washington D.C, New York, North Carolina for workshops once a year.