Home
Home
About Odissi
About the School
Courses and Events
Artists Profile
Picture Gallery
About Odissi
The land of Orissa lies smugly along the eastern coast of India. Dotted with beautiful golden beaches and lined with marvelous historical architecture, this state is home to 'Odissi' or 'Orissi'. Odissi having undergone an era of suppression, revival and reconstruction, was successfully established as a Classical dance only in the 20th century. The earliest literary reference to the dance can be found in the Natya Shastra which refers to it as 'Odra Magadhi' originating from 'Odra Desha' or Orissa. It is suggested by scholars that Odissi is archeologically the oldest Indian classical dance form due to evidence that can be traced to the sculptures at the Udaygiri and Khandagiri caves dating back to the 2nd century BCE.
The jewelry adorning an Odissi dancer is made of intricate silver 'filigree' (meaning 'thin wire' in French) work. This filigree work is done by highly skilled local artisans and is called 'Tarakasi' in Oriya. The 'Mukoot' or the crown is made by the artisans of the devotional city of Puri. It has the 'Gobha' or the flower decorated round back piece representing the lotus flower with a thousand petals and the 'Tahiya' or the longer center piece representing the Temple spire of Lord Jagannath or the flute of Lord Krishna. The dancers wear the local handloom sarees and dhotis featuring traditional prints. The sarees used to be draped around in a unique way but are now stitched for convenience.
Upcoming Events