Bhubaneswar: Renowned Mahari dancer Rupashree Mohapatra, the adopted daughter of late Sashimani Devi, the last devadasi of the Lord Jagannath attributed her success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education she received from her mother.

A mother has that much potential to play a vital role of an educator in a child’s life. In the initial stage, a child learns many things from mother.

On the occasion of Mother’s Day,  Rupashree Mohapatra, gave all the credit to Sashimani for her successful professional as well as personal life.

“Today what I am, it is all because of my mother Sashimani Devi. She was my Guru. She also taught me how to lead in family life. She taught me how to unite the family with love and affection,” said Rupashree.

“Though I am her adopted child, she used to love me unconditionally,” she added.

Sashimani Devi was the last Devdasi of Jagannath temple. She helped the temple dance survive by training Rupashree Mohapatra in the traditions of the temple dance, Mahari.

“She had started teaching me, when I was just four-year-old. She also taught me about the flower adornments that devdasis would wear and dance during various functions of the Lord Jagannath,” said Rupashree.

“In my childhood, I have seen Sashimani Devi walking in the street by singing devotional songs for Lord Jagannath. That dedication and love towards temple dance and Lord Jagannath came to me through my mother Sashimani Devi,” she added.

Rupashree also said, “Sashimani Devi used to sing while dancing. I have learned this dance and music tradition from her.”

“Luckily I have a daughter, Debarupa Das Gupta. I have never forced her to perform Mahari dance. I am very happy that she is taking interest into Mahari dance and Odishi dance also,” said Rupashree.

Debarupa, who is now in Standard-VII, is also very good in her studies. It depends on Debarupa, that in which field she wants to go, said Rupashree.

On the occasion of Mother’s Day, Rupashree did not forget to remember her own mother, Saraswati Mohapatra. Though people were criticizing my passion at that time, it is my mother only who gave me courage to go ahead. Her dedication towards family and children and her selfless service also inspired me a lot in my life.

Bhubaneswar: Renowned Mahari dancer Rupashree Mohapatra, the adopted daughter of late Sashimani Devi, the last devadasi of the Lord Jagannath attributed her success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education she received from her mother.

A mother has that much potential to play a vital role of an educator in a child’s life. In the initial stage, a child learns many things from mother.

On the occasion of Mother’s Day, renowned Mahari dancer Rupashree Mohapatra, the adopted daughter of late Sashimani Devi, the last devadasi of the Lord Jagannath, and gave all the credit to her for her successful professional as well as personal life.

“Today what I am, it is all because of my mother Sashimani Devi. She was my Guru. She also taught me how to lead in family life. She taught me how to unite the family with love and affection,” said Rupashree.

“Though I am her adopted child, she used to love me unconditionally,” she added.

Sashimani Devi was the last Devdasi of Jagannath temple. She helped the temple dance survive by training Rupashree Mohapatra in the traditions of the temple dance, Mahari.

“She had started teaching me, when I was just four-year-old. She also taught me about the flower adornments that devdasis would wear and dance during various functions of the Lord Jagannath,” said Rupashree.

“In my childhood, I have seen Sashimani Devi walking in the street by singing devotional songs for Lord Jagannath. That dedication and love towards temple dance and Lord Jagannath came to me through my mother Sashimani Devi,” she added.

Rupashree also said, “Sashimani Devi used to sing while dancing. I have learned this dance and music tradition from her.”

“Luckily I have a daughter, Debarupa Das Gupta. I have never forced her to perform Mahari dance. I am very happy that she is taking interest into Mahari dance and Odishi dance also,” said Rupashree.

Debarupa, who is now in Standard-VII, is also very good in her studies. It depends on Debarupa, that in which field she wants to go, said Rupashree.

On the occasion of Mother’s Day, Rupashree did not forget to remember her own mother, Saraswati Mohapatra. Though people were criticizing my passion at that time, it is my mother only who gave me courage to go ahead. Her dedication towards family and children and her selfless service also inspired me a lot in my life.