Natalie Rout being Indian by origin is a danseuse and socialite who specializes in the classical art form Odissi. Her full name is
Rani Natalie Rout, but she uses Natalie as her first name for commercial purposes. Natalie’s roots lie in the East Indian state of Odisha. Natalie’s parents immigrated to England decades ago and had stayed there since then. Natalie’s father worked as a doctor and her mother Usha Rani Rout remains an influential figure among the Odia diaspora in the English country.
Usha is the co-founder of the “Odia Society (UK).” Natalie took admission at the famed Cambridge University for a medical course. Since her mother was involved in a lot of cultural events, it had influenced Natalie to embrace dancing and singing. During her time at Cambridge, she had performed in many functions and concerts. Natalie is also a skilled flutist and pianist. Just like her mother, she also held important positions in several cultural and Indian community welfare associations.
At the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Manchester, Natalie got training in Kathak and Bharatnatyam. In fact, she developed an interest for Odissi after attending Mitali Dev’s workshop on the dance form. Mitali had advised Natalie to be present in the forthcoming annual dance camp where expert dancers from India come to England and teach the local pupils for a week. She considered Dev’s advice and attended Odissi dancer Madhavi Mudgal’s classes.
After watching her show, Natalie decided to pursue the art of Odissi. When she expressed her desire to learn Odissi, Natalie’s mother decided to bring her daughter to Odisha. Usha believed that every Odissi dancer should know about the region where the dance had originated. Natalie was educated at a Bhubaneswar based Srjan Odissi institute. For those who wish to know more about the institution, the late Padma Vibhushan awardee Kelucharan Mohapatra had established Srjan.
In fact, Kelucharan was responsible for bringing the dance form on the world map. Sujata Mohapatra was Natalie’s guru whom she considers as her idol. In an interview with “The Hindu,” Natalie told that her knowledge of western dance forms has helped her to learn classical dance styles better. She has performed in many cities like
New Delhi, Marburg, London, Manchester, and Bhubaneswar. Odisha state government has also approached her for the promotion of the region’s tourism.
Apart from traditional forms, Natalie is proficient in western ballet and tap dancing. She was the chief guest of the 2013 Odissi International dance festival in Bhubaneswar. Natalie has featured in a Telugu movie “
Hang Up” in which she played the character of a babysitter in the thriller. Natalie when asked about the plot stated that the life of her character changes when the babysitter gets a phone call from an unknown person. Despite the movie having a single dance sequence involving Rout, she termed the assignment as fun and exciting experience for the artist. Natalie has also interviewed Bollywood celebrities for several publications.