Sri Vishnu Tattva Das is a dedicated artist who has devoted himself to perfecting the art of Odissi. Vishnu began his training in dance with Smt. Jhelum Paranjape, director of Smitalay Dance Company in Mumbai, India. He then traveled to Orissa for intensive studies with Padmavibhusan Kelucharan Mohapatra at the Odissi Research Center in Bhubaneshwar.
Vishnu is recognized as one of India's prominent male Odissi dancers and choreographers, and has received acclaim for his performances throughout India, Italy, Canada, and the U.S. He has presented hundreds of solo performances, lecture-demonstrations, and master classes. He has also collaborated, choreographed and performed with many dance artists in India and the U.S.
Vishnu brings to his chosen art form a vision of beauty, refinement, grace and spirituality, imbued with a divine inspiration, which permeates each step of his dance.
He is the founder-director of Odissi Vilas: Sacred Dance of India, formally known as Sri~Krishnasraya, and is a founding member of Kala Sri Sangha, a group of professional Odissi dancers in the San Francisco Bay Area whose interest is to collectively promote Odissi dance.
Performances Vishnu has performed throughout India, including the following venues:
Tata Theater, NCPA: National Center for the Performing Arts, Nehru Center, Homi Bhabha Auditorium and on Doordarshan National TelevisionHe has performed throughout Italy , and the U.S. and Canada with Festival of India.
Performances in the San Francisco Bay Area include:
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts U.C. Berkeley Stanford State University Solo Guest Artist with Ballet Afsaneh: Festival of the Silk Road : Dance, Music, Poetry of the Silk Road, Mexican Heritage Plaza Caravan of Dreams, Marin Center Showcase Theater Institute of Noetic Sciences Pt. Reyes Dance Palace Open Secret Cultural Center Osher Jewish Community Center Theater of Yugen, Noh Space Cultural Integration Fellowship ITA (International Transpersonal Conference), Palm Springs, for the Centennial Celebration of Joseph Campbell's birthday.