Wednesday 18 April 2018

Odissi Dance #AToZChallenge

Odissi Dance is one of the six acknowledged classical dance forms of India. Odissi is the most famous dance form of Odisha, India. Art, architecture and literature of Odisha reveals the importance of the art of dance.
India has a rich dance tradition. The earliest surviving text on dance and drama, the Natyashastra of Bharata Muni, belonging to the 2nd century BC, classifies India's arts into four regional types, namely Avanti, Dakshinatya, Panchali and Odra-Magadhi
As per some texts,  the Odra-Magadhi dance style was practiced in "Anga, Vanga, Kalinga, Vatsa, Odhra, Magadha, Pundra and some other eastern regions of India". Kalinga and Odhra refer to present-day Odisha. Even today we find the tradition of Odissi dance has been preserved in the temple architecture. It indicates a close link and relationship between dance and religion and philosophy. 
Many temples of Odisha viz. Mukteswar Temple and RajaRani Temple of Bhubaneswar have many beautiful dance poses that resemble the modern-day Odissi dance poses. 

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Odissi dance is performed all over the world on various themes and stories expressing- infinite love of Radha-Krishna, Dashavatar (10 Avatar of Vishnu) etc.
Such is the power of Odissi dance, that it wins over hearts and leaves everyone spellbound!
Do read my post Perfect Odissi Odyssey for more.

Post for my second #atozchallenge. O for Odissi
My Theme is- "Odisha- The Soul of Incredible India".
Odisha is a state in the eastern part of India. Have you visited Odisha and India? 
I am sharing some glimpses from Odisha. Do keep reading and discovering!


  1. I love watching Odissi dance. It's so pretty and graceful.

  2. Not just the dance, but the costume, wow!


  3. very bright and interesting, never heard of it before

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  4. A friend's daughter is learning this dance form. Have seen her perform a couple of times and it's truly graceful. Thanks for an informative post, Anita!


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