Aishwarya Hegde

Aishwarya is an Odissi performer, instructor and choreographer by profession. Additionally, she has taken on the role of artistic director at Deepam Odissi Academy Muscat. An institute founded by her guru Shri Deepak Roy in the year 1994. Aishwarya started her training in Odissi at the early age of seven in Muscat. Her fluid grace, innate sense of rhythm and vibrant sense of expression have made her the performer she is today. Aishwarya began her dance journey with Bharatnatyam at the age of 4 and was introduced to Odissi at the age of 7.

Entranced by the movements of this east Indian classical dance form as a little girl, Aishwarya has followed her calling with a vision, rigorous training and a passion for her art.

Aishwarya was one of her Guru’s first students at Deepam. She considers herself fortunate to have spent a large amount of time with her Guru, assisting him while he crafted choreographic master pieces.

Today, she is an accomplished danseuse in the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
Gharana of Odissi. With numerous performances to her credit, Aishwarya’s love and passion of her art has brought her much personal satisfaction and public recognition. Her lucid expressions and talent have earned her acclaim. She pays all credit to her Guru’s vision that has brought her to the heights of success that she sees todays.

A a part of the Deepam performing unit, Aishwarya has performed at premier dance festivals and many prominent sabhas in Mangalore, Vishakapatnam, & Bhubaneshwar. Some of her significant performances are at ‘Bharat Nrityotsav’ in Vishakapatnam,
‘Odissi International’ in Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata, ‘Nagamandala Utsav’ in Mangalore. Aishwarya had the opportunity to exhibit her talent at the ‘Laasyotsava Festival’ in Hong Kong along with her Deepam troupe.

Exploring her capabilities as a choreographer, Aishwarya conceptualised Deepam’s home productions ‘Gunjan’ in Muscat (2014) and ‘Aikyatan’ in Durgapur (2018).

She was awarded the ‘Natya Saradhi’ title for her performance at the Bharat Nrityotsava by the Nataraj Academy of Music and Dance, Vishakapatnam in January 2014. She was awarded the ‘Laasya Bharathi’ title for her performance at the Laasyotsava dance festival in Hong Kong.
She was recently honored with the Natyasri title by the Natraj Academy for her
performance at the prestigious Vyshaki dance festival also held in Vishakapatnam.

With a strong sense of social consciousness, Aishwarya tries to bring in a relevant
message through her choreographies. Each of her performances are a blend of
authenticity and modernity. What began as a childhood fascination has matured
into lifelong quest for Aishwarya to seek the essence of Odissi as embodied in the
play of Abhinaya, Raga and Tala.