Masako Ono from Japan who presented Odissi dance in front of Indian PM Narendra Modi and Abe Shinzo in Varanasi has been staying in India for more than 20 years now.
She says: Last night in Varanasi, I had the pleasure of dancing Odissi in front of both the Prime Ministers, Mr. Modi & Mr. Abe! We went to the Ganga river and met wonderful friends too!
Some more details on Masako Ono : “Initially, my only reason to come to India was to learn Odissi. Soon, I fell in love with the beautiful women in India. With the passage of time, I was also fascinated with Indian mythology and philosophy. Now, I am based in Odisha, running a dance school called Mopa and organising the Odisha Biennale. I don’t think twice if I ever get a chance to dance and also love to teach my students. I also perform a bit of yoga when I am in town.
India has been always been warm and welcoming. It embraced me with wide-open arms and I am very grateful. The late Protima Gauri Bedi once wrote me a letter that was typed on a typewriter 20 years back.”
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