Shri Durga Charan Ranbir was born in 1951 in Kamaguru village in Orissa. He received his training in Odissi dance under the late Deba Prasad Das and Pankaj Charan Das at Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Bhubaneswar. He also acquired proficiency in playing the Pakhawaj. Shri Ranbir is an outstanding teacher of the style of Odissi dance created by Deba Prasad Das. He has trained a large number of students in the dance within the country and abroad. He has choreographed numer- ous group dances and dance- dramas which have won critical acclaim. In recognition of his work as a teacher of Odissi dance, Shri Durga Charan Ranbir has been honoured with several awards including the Orissa Samman conferred by the Orissa Press Academy. He has also received the Veda Vyas Award of Bhanja Kala Kendra and the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Shri Durga Charan Ranbir receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Odissi dance.