"In the field of Indian classical dance, which is mostly dominated by women, (Madhur) Gupta is one of the few who have not only pursued the dance form with devotion but has also excelled at it."
One of the leading Odissi dance exponents of his generation, Madhur Gupta embodies the refined grace and delicately intricate elegance of this highly lyrical art. His journey into the transcendental world of classical dance and music began at a fairly early age.
Beginning his initial training in Kathak with great maestros like Padma Vibhushan Pt. Birju Maharaj, he was strongly drawn towards Odissi. After being trained in the fundamentals by Padma Shri Madhavi Mudgal at Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and a galaxy of star gurus at Rudrakshya Foundation in Orissa, Madhur is currently under the mentorship of renowned danseuse, Guru Sharon Lowen in New Delhi.
Maintaining the soft lilting quality of Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s style of Odissi, Madhur has equal command over the strong rhythmic footwork and the art of subtle abhinaya.
Besides training under his Gurus and being a Graded Artist of India’s national television Doordarshan, Madhur has also been actively teaching, researching, performing, and conducting workshops. Few of his major performances include the Indian Festival (China), ‘Shringara’ Premier at Roseate House, Sanskriti Foundation, ‘Tantu’ Premier at India International Centre, Raza Foundation's Aarambh, Spic Macay national tours, Tours of countries including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and more, as a soloist and with his Gurus.
Madhur is also a celebrated author and novelist with regular columns in several national and international publications like The Hindu, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Indian Express; on Indian classical dance and music.
Apart from extensively performing and writing, Madhur also teaches Odissi at Sangeet Vidya Niketan, New Delhi.
Padma Bhushan Guru Raja Reddy
Our natyam needs both dedication and sadhana, both of which Madhur has. He also has a very beautiful presence on stage.. god bless him...
Padmashri Guru Madhavi Mudgal
There is enough talent in him. His feel for abhinaya and conveying power is very very good.. and that is so rare...
Guru Sharon Lowen
Half of one’s riyaz is one’s intellectual and spiritual development along with technique and I believe Madhur has the ability to grow further as an artist with his sort of dedication...
Manjari Sinha, The Statesman
A graceful dancer with a slender body, Madhur attracts, first of all, with his personable stage presence.
He regaled the audience with his captivating dance that had lyrical grace, flawless technique, emotional abhinaya & of course arresting stage presence.Know More
Ranee Kumar, The Hindu
Madhur showcased the eye description to the line, ‘tamaru sara sarasiruha lochana’ in varied ways in a squatting posture which was really beautiful as also the abhinaya at ‘Maragatha. To Madhur's credit, it must be admitted that he mimed such mixed feelings convincingly with artistic restraint.Know More
The echoes of "Go, Madhava! Go, Keshava!" reverberated as the grief of a forlorn Radha questioning Krishna's absence the previous night was enacted by Odissi dancer Madhur Gupta leaving the audience overwhelmed with empathy.Know More
Shveta Arora, Kala Upasana
Madhur was able to bring out beautifully the expressions of goddess Parvati as she looks at Shiv and feels the emotions of love, and as she turns around and sees Shiv instead of seeing her own reflection. He has very expressive eyes. His costume too was very aesthetic, with a dupatta tied to the waist. For each piece, he would change the colour of the dupatta.Know More