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Gender Female
Occupation dancer, choreographer
Location bhubanewar, India
Introduction Dr. Ileana Citaristi is an Italian-born Odissi and Chhau dancer, based in Bhubaneshwar, India. She was awarded the 43rd National Film Awards for Best Choreography for Yugant in 1995 and conferred with the Padma Shri in 2006 for her contributions to Odissi. Besides Yugantar, a Bengali film directed by Aparna Sen for which she won a National Film Award in 1996, Dr. Citaristi has also choreographed for M.F. Hussain's Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2004) and Goutam Ghose's Abar Aranye (2003). Dr. Citaristi is also the author of two books. In 2001, she published The Making of a Guru: Kelucharan Mohapatra, his Life and Times and in 2012 the Traditional Martial Practices in Orissa.