Awards and Honors
Government of India Prime Minister's Award "Acharya Narendra Dev Sarokar Samajic Saman" from Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, April 91.
Delhi Administration’s Sahitya Kala Parishad’s Parishad Samman 1992 for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Performing Arts of India.
2022 Critics’ Choice Award from World University of Design
2019 Lalit Arpan Samman 2019 from Asawari & The LaLit
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from Vylopilli Samskrithi Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram at Sree Yasoda Mahotsav
2019 Prabasi Bhasha Samman 2019 from Odia Intellects, International Mother Language Conclave
2019 Women of the Decade in Arts Leadership Award from Women Economic Forum
2019 PHD Art & Culture Samman
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, JEWA
2018 Prabasi Odia Samman, Odisha Forum, New Delhi
2018 Indian Achievers Sammaan (Special Achievers Sammaan), NRI Achievers
2018 Tarana Art & Music Nritya Shiromoni Samman
2018 India Appreciation Award for Dedication Towards Elderly, Apollo Hospital & Geriatics Care
2017 Kavi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Samman from AKS, New Delhi
2017 12th Baba Allaudin Khan Music Award , Baba Allaudin Khan Music Foundation
2017 Made in India Award, Bharat Nirman
2015 Devadasi National Award, Odisha
2015 9th Chausathi Yogini Nrutya Prativa Samman, Odisha
2015 Pride of India from IECSME, Toppers, and AAPPCOM
2009 International Congress of Women- International Life time achievement
2003 Bhawna Kala Mandir’s Rajdhani Ratan Award
2000 Kala Shreshtha Samman from Indian Centre for Cultural Integration for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Classical Dance
1998 Rashtriya Ekta Award on 54th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, All India Unity Conference
1997 All India Conference of Intellectuals Delhi Ratan for Contribution to Performing Arts
1997 India Association, Dubai Golden Jubilee Indian Independence Day
1991 Kalasagaram, Secunderabad
1994 Indian Institute of Marketing and Management for International Cultural Understanding
1992 Delhi Administration’s Sahitya Kala Parishad’s Parishad Samman 1992 for Outstanding Individual Contribution to the Performing Arts of India
1992 Mahila Navrattam from International Friendship Foundation of India
1992 Abhivaktyi Kala Sangam for Odissi Dance
1992 Delhi 2001 Forum Award “For Excellence in Classical Indian Dance and Promotion of Performing Artists East and West”
1991 Award for "Contribution to Odissi Dance" from NUPUR Dance and Music Institution, Bhubaneswar presented by Minister Kumar Patsani (also awarded to Guru Pankaj Charan Das).
1991 Government of India Prime Minister's Award "Acharya Narendra Dev Sarokar Samajic Saman" from Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, April 91.
1991 American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship "Comparative Analysis of Chhau Dance Forms.”
1988 Outstanding Young Person of the Year, Hyderabad Jaycees.
1988 Member, University School Board to establish Sarojini Naidu School of Performing and Fine Arts and Communication, Central University, Hyderabad.
1988 Bharat Nirman Award for "Role of Women in Nation Building" in the field of Art and Dance.
1986-7 American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Faculty Fellowship, "Medieval Text and Modern Context of Odissi Dance".
1986 Represented American Professionals in Indian Performing Arts in ten-city tour of India for Festival of India-U.S.A. exchange under auspices of American Institute of Indian Studies and Indian State governments and arts organizations (see Festivals and Conferences).
1985 International Travel grant for U.S.A. performance tour with musicians from Government of India's Indian Council for Cultural Relations (First such support given to an American for overseas tour)
1985 Indian Council for Cultural Relations Senior Orientation Grant.
1981 American Institute of Indian Studies Professional Development Fellowship "To Refine Dance Technique in Odissi, Manipuri, and Chhau".
1977 Singar Mani Award (Adorning Jewel of the Dance) for Manipuri Dance, Sur Singar Samsad Academy, Bombay, Kal Ke Kalakar Festival.
1973-75 Fulbright Scholarship for Manipuri dance, extension and second year renewal.
1971 B.A. Cum Laude, Honors College, Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan.