Pt. Gopal Prasad Dubey ( Padma Shri )
Pt. Gopal Prasad Dubey ( Padma Shri )

(Chhau dance exponent/choreographer)

I Gopal Prasad Dubey had born Seraikella, in the state of Jharkhand, India. My Grandfather was a performer in the troupe that provided entertainment at the Royal Palace in the Seraikella before the current Seraikella Chhau dance form was established. From the age of 14 I began studying the basics of dance and music with the famous Seraikella Chhau dancer Late Guru Natasekhar Banbihari Pattanayak, and Guru Padma Shri Rajkumar S.N. Singhdeo and Padma Shri Guru Kedar Nath Sahoo.

I have also received training from some of the outstanding teachers of our time is today recognized as one of the most celebrated among the contemporary exponents of Seraikella Chhau. As a teacher, I had been responsible for grooming some of the highly talented Chhau dancers of the present time. As a choreographer, I had created a number of well-known dance dramas and solo dance pieces. I have also worked with mainstream cinema as well as experimental theatre and films.

I had been showered with scholarships, fellowship and honors of performing as well as lecturing and conducting Master classes and workshops at some of the world's envied festivals and universities.

Trinetra - Chhau Dance Center
Trinetra - Chhau Dance Center
Trinetra - Chhau Dance Center

Awards And Honours

Information and broadcasting (I & B) Government of India and Shri Buddhadeb Das Gupta the great Director and the national award winner for his many films is making a film on me (CHHAU dance Exponent Padmashri Pandit Gopal Prasad Dubey) of Seraikella. The film will also focus Seraikella, Jharkhand and its glories culture of heritage of Chhau Dance. This is definitely a big honor for Seraikella as it is a collaborative project of Government of India and by Shri Buddhadeb Das Gupta.

PADMA SHRI 2012: The highest civilian award for the contribution to chhau dance tradition and Choreography.
Senior Fellow -  Ministry of Culture, Government of India (2015)

Awarded SEVA TAPASWI Title from Bharathakala Prapoorna Shri K. Narashimha Rao, Abinaya Nruthya Bharathi, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh on 27th Dec 2015

Awarded with Padmabhushan Guru, Dr. Vempati Chinna Sathyam”s Life Time Achievement Award at Cochin Kerala on29th July 2014
Selected for Expert Empanelment Advisory Committee Member on Dance by ICCR’s Reference Panel  Selected as Expert Committee Member for Scholarship and Fellowship 

LIFE TIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD BY Nataraj Music and Dance Academy on the occasion of Vysakhi Nrithyotsav 2013

NAATYA TARANG PURASKAR 2013 BY Nataraj Music Academy, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
NAATYA KEERTHI SHIKHA PURASKAR 2013 BY Santhyanjali Academy of Kuchipudi Dance Cochin, Kerala and Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy  

NAATYA SRI TITLE 2010 from Nataraj Music and Dance Academy, Visakhapatnam on the occasion of Vysakhi Nrithyotsav all India Classical Dance Festival 2010 

SUVARNA SANKHU (Golden Conch of Appreciation) for 40 years contribution to Seraikella Chhau Tradition  from KELI  Chhau Dance Festival 2010  Jan  in Mumbai.
“STATE JHARKHAND AWARD 2007” for the contribution to the Chhau tradition

“Vocational Achievements” award by the Rotary Club of Bombay Sea face.

Member of I.O.V. Austria,

Fellowship to study modern dance and choreography in New York in 1986 awarded by Asian Cultural Council, U.S.A

United States Information Service travel grant to attend “American Dance Festival”
International Choreographers Workshop –1986

Participants grant ADF 1986.

Awarded “Young Talent Scholarship” Ministry of Culture, Government of India, New Delhi. 

Second prize Inter University Youth Dance Competition, Ranchi University –1974.

Scholarship scheme for students to study under the Guru-shishya parampara System with recognized masters in the classical and performing arts from
Spic-Macay for one month

As A Choreographer I Have Choreographed The Followings

  • Chhau dances for T.V serials "Bharatekkhoj" produced by Shyam Benagal
  • Choreographed Chhau dances for T.V serial "Uttar Ramayan", produced by Ramanand Sagar.
  • Dance ballet "Jivanrekha" with Sharon Lowen for C.P.C Doordarshan.
  • Choreographed a dance piece "Mirgnayani" T.V. Serial directed by Amol Palekar.
  • Choreographed "Dance of the Warriors" a cross cultural dance production with Mr. Henry Smith of Solaris Dance theatre, New York.
  • Choreographed "Masks of the Warriors".
  • Choreographed Chhau Movements in English Play "Pillars Of the Community" Directed By Mr. Neeraj Kabi
  • Choreographed Bhagwat Gita for Sanskritik Chanel (Television) (2015)

Lecture Demonstration and Workshop

I have held numerous workshops and master teacher in several prestigious institutions in India and abroad. In India, I have held several workshops for school in New Delhi under the aegis of Spic Macay on 1984. I have worked as Faculty in the department of Indian Theatre at Punjab University, Chandigarh.

I had a Lecture demonstration at Alliance Francaise de Bangalore at 2009, MES Keshori Kendra college 2010, Malleswaram, Bangalore 2010, Yavanika youth and Cultural/sports Bangalore 2010, Workshop seminar at central Institute of Indian Language Mysore 2010, Workshop at Navrag Theatre group, Baroda and Cochin, Kerala 2010. I had a workshop in Nehru Centre Bombay 1989, workshop and training at Sopanam 1980, Trivandrum, Kerala.

Internationally, I had taught at Kansas University, Indian University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, University of London, Chungang University of Seoul, Institute of Dramatic arts Seoul, Theatre group Inchon City in South Korea, Multi cultural centre of Inchon City, American College of Greece. Recently I have conducted workshop on Chhau Movements to Drishti Foundation Bangalore.Recently I have attended Seminar on Seraikella chhau (Unmasking the tradition) on 18th and 19th of Jan 2013 organize by Sudhaaya Foundation New Delhi by Ms. Shagun Butani.

Performance In India

-Performed at Eluru, Andhra Pradesh on 27th December 2015 on the behalf of Abhinaya Nrutya Bharathi, Eluru.

-Performed at Cochin, Kerala on 2nd March 2015 on the behalf of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 (Bank Employers Arts Movements Ernakulum)

-Performed at Ranchi, Jharkhand on 20th Feb 2015 on the behalf of National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT)

- Performed at Kanpur on 12th October 2014 for Antaragni

- Performed at Seraikella Jharkhand on 19th Oct to 21st Oct for the Festival Sanskritik Utsava 2014(A festival of Major Dace Traditions of India)

-Performed at Pune and Aurangabad on 27th and 28th April on the behalf of ICCR Pune

-Performed Chhau Parva Festival organized by Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi at Imphal on 29th to 31st March 2014

-Performed All India Male dance Festival at Hyderabad on 22nd march 2014 by Nataraj Music and dance Academy, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

-Performed in Bangalore for Jathis Music and classical dance festival held on 3rd Feb 2014 by Nataraj Music and dance academy, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

-Performed in Visakhapatnam for Vysakhi Nrithyotsav all India Classical Dance Festival 2013 on 14th September 2013.

-Performed at Bangalore 14thKALA-NADAM a mega Festival of classical Music & Dance festival on 22nd November 2013.

-Performed in Hyderabad for Sangeet Nrithyotsav organized by ICCR Hyderabad and Nataraj Music Academy Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 29th June 2013

-Performed in Murga Mahadev Temple at Singhbhum Jharkhand on 14th April to 16th April 2013

-Performed in Cochin for the classical dance Festival organized by Santhyanjali Academy of Kuchipudi Dance academy on 6th April 2013.

-Performed in Karnataka Janapada Parishat Bangalore on 09/02/2013

-Performed In Seraikella Jharkhand (Chaitra Parva Festival) on 12/04/2012

-Performed In New Delhi Nritya Bibhabari (Indian Classical Dance Festival on 07/04/12 -Performed in Palace Ground Bangalore on the behalf of Dastkar, New Delhi on On the occasion and exhibition conducted in Bangalore on 14th Aug 2011

-Performed in Bangalore on the behalf of ICCR/Bangalore in collaboration with National Gallery of Modern Arts for Horizon festival on 26th of March 2011

-Performed in Cochin Kerala on the behalf of Sangeet Natak academy New Delhi Fine arts Cochin on Nrtiya Sangaman (Senior Dance Festival 2011) on 25/1/2011

-Performed in Mysore Niranthara Ranga Utsava 2010 organized by Niranthara Foundation, Mysore on 27th Nov 2010

-Performed in MES Keshori Kendra College, Malleswaram, Bangalore on 26th November 2010

-Performed in Bangalore for Yavanika youth and sports centre on 25th 26th November 2010

-Performed in Mumbai for Keli Chhau Dance Festival 2010 January at Keli Foundation, Mumbai

-Performed Natiyanjali Festival in Chidambaram, Kumbakonam and Tanjavur on On the behalf of Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi on 16,17, and 18th Of March 2009

-Performed in Delhi Ibsen Festival 09 English Play "Pillar of the Community"

-Performed in Seraikella, Jharkhand for the Chaitra Parva festival on 2010

-Bhubaneswar I have performed on the behalf of Sangeet Natak academy on 2009.

-In India I have performed in Indo French Cultural Centre, Bangalore 2007.

-Bharatholsav organized by Ministry of Youth affairs & Sports Kerala 2004,

-National Folk dance festival in Kerala.

-South Indian dance/music festival, kalamandalam Kerala 2005.

-Prakrti Cultural centre Cochin, Kerala 2005.

-Kerala Sangeet Natak Academe, Kerala 2003

-C.P.C, New Delhi T.V.Recording

-Kaka Ghoda Festival organized by Maharashtra Tourism 1992

-performed at Habitat World Centre, New Delhi. Performed in National Gallery Modern Art, Mumbai 1998 and 2000.

-Performed in Dance of the Warriors at Experimental theatre, N.C.P.A Mumbai 1994 and 1996.

-Performed at Nehru centre at the Chautanyamay Bharat Maotsava 1995.

-Performed in Chakradharpur, organized by Susan Thomson 1985

-Performed in Marathi Arts Festival Kolkodha on 1989

-Performed in 3rd National Dance Festival, organized by North Zone Cultural centre Chandigarh on 1987

-Performed at Bodhgaya with Sachidar Acharya organized by Nrtiya Kala Kendra Jamshedpur in the year 1976.

-Performed at Anamika Kala Sangam with Late Padmashree Shree Kedar Nath Sahoo In the year 1978

Performance In Abroad

-Performed in New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Hamilton) Through Indian Council for Cultural Relation New Delhi from 18th October to 28th October 2013.

-Performed in Paris on 03rd of July 2011 for the 20th Festival les Orientales Florent Le VIEIL 49410 at Paris, France.

-Performed in Paris on 17th June and 18th July in Guimet Auditorium sponsored by Zaman Production and Mirasi Music at Paris, France

-Performed in Germany on 22nd of June 2011

-Performed recently in Festival of India Japan, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Leo PDR On the behalf of Indian Council for Cultural Relation New Delhi, India

-Performed in Asian Performing Arts, Tokyo, Japan.

-Performed at Asian traditional Performing Arts Tokyo, Japan Organized by Japan Foundation.

-Performed at International Drama Festival Delphi Greece

-Performed at Non-European Dance Festival organized by ICCR & Arts World Wide, London

-Performed in Indian High Commission Kenya.

-Performed in Mithila Museum Tokyo, Japan organized by ICCR India New Delhi

-Performed in London, Paris, Cairo, Rome and Cologne organized by Japan Foundation, Japan.

-Performed in LPK Tari Natya Lakshita, Indonesia.

-Performed in France at "Marseill & X-Provice"

-Performed in Monde villa, France.

-Performed at Relais Mutualiste Theatre Marcel Riviere Verriere France.

-Performed in the festivals like Downtown dance festival, New York, Dancing in the Square, New York, Kala Kendra, Portland Oregon, Kalanidhi Fine Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada.

-Performed in the University of Waterloo, Canada, Janak Khendry Studio, Toronto, Hindu Temple Education, Alberta, Canada, Arden Theatre, Alberta, Canada

-Performed in Bay Area Performing Arts, San Francisco, USA, India Association Ft Myers, Florida, Brevard Community College, Cocoa Beach Florida, Stetson College Deland Florida, South Miami Hindu Temple Florida

-Performed in Indian Foundation, Dayton Ohio.

-Performed at Civic Centre Orlando USA under the aegis of Asian Physicians Association, Kansas state University.

-Performed at Symphony Space, Broadway, New York, under the aegis of World Music Institute & Solaris

- Performed for International Studies programme, Kansas University USA.

-Performed at International Mime Festival, Chunchon, South Korea.

-Performed in American Dance Festivals Duke University Durham USA

-Performed in Harvard University, Boston USA.

-Performed in American College of Greece, Athens.

-Performed in Atpa Festival of Japan with Late Shree Padmashree S.N Singhdeo


                                                  (CHHAU DANCE EXPONENT/CHOREOGRAPHER)

Personal Details

First NameGOPAL PRASAD Last NameDUBEY (PADMA SHRI) Sex (Male/Female)Male Date of Birth/Age 25/06/1957 (58 Age) Place of Birth Seraikella (Jharkhand) NationalityIndian Present Address 31,Brindavan,9th cross,3rd Block,3rd phase,Banasankari 3rd Stage,Bangalore – 560085, Karnataka State Permanent Address With Telephone /email etcWard No. 2, Dharmasala Road, Seraikella (P.O),Dist Seraikella Kharswan, Seraikella, Jharkhand – 833219 Tel : 9900415348 ReligionHindu Brahmin Category (SC/ST/OBC/General)General Profession or Occupation
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