Wonder Woman – Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi

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Field: Multidisciplinary

We often complain about the paucity of time but there are individuals who not only break stereotypes in one but two fields and that too totally exclusive from each other. Yes, difficult to accept but I present before you one such great personality who not only was a great scientist but was a great Odissi dancer as well!

She wears multiple hats and has excelled in many areas. She is the former vice-chancellor of Sambalpur University of Odisha which was established in the year 1967. Born on 18 November 1935, she secured a master’s degree and subsequently, obtained a doctoral degree in zoology.

From her childhood, she was attracted to learning classical dance and she not only learned it, but became a prominent dancer and helped Odissi gain visibility. This was when her Odissi performance at the Inter-University Youth Festival in New Delhi in 1954 is reported to have helped the dance form in gaining international attention through Charles Fabri, the renowned art critic from Hungary, who was present at the function.

It is astonishing to note that she has published articles in science and has also written books on Odissi dance form. two of her important works are as below:

1)Odissi: An Indian Classical Dance Form, elaborating the history and evolution of the Indian classic form of Odissi.

2)”A study of ecology, breeding patterns, development and karyotype patterns” elaborating patterns of the olive ridley, Lepidochelys Olivacea of Gahirmatha of Orissa.

She is a fellow of the Indian Academy of sciences. She is a recipient of the “Odissi Nrutya Sanman” which she received in 2013. The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian award of the Padma Shri in 1998 for her contributions towards the fields of science and technology.

My one -line take -away: You can be anything you want, if you truly believe that there is no limit to what one can achieve through hard work.

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PS: I have planned to take up non-fiction this year as my theme for the A2Z challenge, where every day in the month of April ( except Sundays) I will be writing about women in the stream of science and their contributions.  Disclaimer -The information collected is from different sources available online.

The main objective is to draw inspiration and share information about such great lives who did it, despite all difficulties in their life.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. The last name of this illustrious woman drew me in. Hejmady is my ancestral name on my mother’s side, in Karnataka. 😊
    The character you’ve chosen to highlight is such an interesting one! Excelling in not one but two completely different fields is amazing! Thanks for sharing information about her!


  2. Harshita says:

    What an inspiration she is

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Truly a wonder woman

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    1. Thank you for stopping by !

      Liked by 1 person

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