Padma Shri Italian Odissi dancer’s love for India

Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Mar 15 (ANI): Italian-born Odissi and Chhau dancer, Ileana Citaristi is imparting her knowledge to young dancers in Odisha’s Bhubaneswar. Inspired by Indian Art and Culture, Ileana decided to settle down in Odisha. Ileana started her own school of dance in 1994. Citaristi became the first dancer of foreign origin to be conferred with Padma Shri in 2006 for her contributions to Odissi. She was also awarded the 43rd National Film Awards for best choreography for Yugant in 1995.