Arushi Mudgal is one of the foremost young talents in the field of Odissi today, known for her technical virtuosity and creative approach to tradition. She has trained under her aunt, Guru Smt. Madhavi Mudgal at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Delhi. Arushi was selected as one of the Top Ten Dancers of 2018 by the New York Times. After watching her performance in New York, Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times, wrote: “I was amazed by how fully she seemed one of India’s most remarkable dancers.”
Arushi was invited by Pina Bausch to perform at the Internationales Tanz Festival in Germany. She has performed at prestigious festivals in France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, UK, USA, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, and others. Her collaborative projects include ‘Orfeo – Crossing the Ganges’: An Indo-European opera, ‘Sama’, a contemporary work with Roland Auzet, a French percussionist, and ‘Haveli’ among others. Empanelled with the ICCR and Doordarshan, she conducts dance workshops worldwide, and performs regularly for SPICMACAY.
Arushi has co-authored a book on the aesthetics of Odissi dance along with senior scholar and aesthetician, Prof. S.K. Saxena, which has been published by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Arushi has been featured as one of the young ‘Game Changers of India’ by India Today. She has received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Young Women Achievers’ Award by FICCI, the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Yuva Pratibha Samman, the President’s Bal Shree Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award, the Chitra Kala Sangam Samman, the Sanatan Nritya Puraskar, the Original Mind Award, and the Touring Fellowship from Milapfest, UK.