Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra said of Sharon Lowen in 1987, after accompanying her 22 performance Festival of India-USA tour, “She is now one of my five best disciples who I can unhesitatingly recommend to represent the Odissi dance-form anywhere in the world. Sharon has mastered the tradition”. In the decades since, her outstanding contribution to Odissi and other classical performing arts of India has been pioneering, inspirational and profound. She has bridged cultures performing extensively throughout India and abroad.
Following her BA and MA in Humanities, Fine Arts, Asian Studies and Dance from the University of Michigan, Sharon Lowen came to India in 1973-75 as a Fulbright scholar to continue Manipuri dance in Imphal and Delhi. A 1975 workshop with Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra led to a lifelong commitment to this art alongside training in Mayurbhanj and later, Seraikella Chhau.
Over 45 years in India, Sharon Lowen has become an icon for many. She was featured as herself in the award-winning Telegu film, Swarna Kamalam (Golden Lotus) directed by K. Viswanath to inspire the heroine to value her own Indian dance heritage
She has trained two generations of Odissi performing artists and is the founder trustee of Manasa-Art Without Frontiers in collaboration with Kamalini Dutt and Naresh Kapuria.