Rabiratan Sahoo

Born on 20 January 1980 in Buromunda, Odisha, Shri Rabiratan Sahoo learnt the Sambalpuri Folk Dance tradition from Guru Shri Nabin Ch. Panigrahi for about five years. He then undertook advanced study of Odishi Classical Dance from G.K.C.M Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneshwar, for three years from 2005 to 2008.
Shri Rabiratan Sahoo has performed widely across Odisha and has received acclaim for his talent as an exponent of Sambalpuri Folk Dance of Odisha. He has also taught for around six years, training young dancers in the art. He has taught a Japanese scholar, Kazuko Yasunobu, who is currently teaching this dance form in Japan, and under his guidance six students have received a senior scholarship from the Ministry of Culture. He has also choreographed folk dance and music items for stage shows and TV channels.
Shri Rabiratan Sahoo has received a Junior Fellowship (2009-2010) from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India for research work on 'Sambalpuri Folk Dance of Odisha - its evolution and identity'. He has also received a Junior Scholarship (2014-15 & 2015-16), from the Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT), Ministry Of Culture, Govt. Of India, New Delhi. He has attended a Seminar at Rangabati Festival at Rourkela, Odisha in 2014, organised By Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy. He is the Secretary of the Sambalpuri Folk Academy.
Shri Rabiratan Sahoo is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for 2013-2014 for his notable talent in the field of Folk Dance of Odisha.