Reported by Sandeep Pattnaik
Bhubaneswar, Jan 16:
Call it the shishya going one up one her guru, if you please. Arundhati Garnaik, alumni of M Zone, a premier dance institute in the capital city, has trumped her guru Miss Mandakini Jena, who had made it to the top 18 contestants in the inaugural edition of premier dance reality show Dance India Dance (DID) in 2009, by breaking into the top seven in the highly popular show currently being aired on Zee TV.
Garnaik, however, gives the credit for her success to her mentor. “I have always got inspiration from my guru Mandakini Jena,” she told OST.
Like Arundhati, Mandakini has been an inspiration for all upcoming dancers under her watch, most of them girls.
Mandakini burst into the national scene with her very first appearance in Dance India Dance (DID) Season 1 in 2009. She was awarded the most flexible body and made it to the top 18 in the national dance show.
Since then, she has left her footprints on the stages of many national dance reality shows like Chak Dhoom Dhoom and Boogie Woogie etc.
Along with Pravata Kumar Rana, the versatile dancer founded M-zone, a premier dance institute of Bhubaneswar imparting training to children of all ages in various dance forms like contemporary, hip hop, jazz salsa, martial arts, belly, semi classical and classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Chhau. The institute is located at the heart of the capital city in Bapuji Nagar here.