With its fluid movements and lyrical charm, this Indian classical dance form belonging to Orissa, uses the unique Tribhangi or the 3-bend posture in its rendition.
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What is Odissi?
If you have visited (or seen a picture of) the Jagganath Puri temple, you would have noticed the unique square stance of Lord Jagannath. Known as ‘Chauka’, this stance forms the basic posture of Odissi along with Tribhangi, or the triple bend posture. A quick way to single out an Odissi dancer is by their striking white head gear and their gleaming silver jewellery.
Learning Odissi At Sriguruji
The Learning Journey
Truth be told, the basics of Odissi take a little longer to master than the other classical dance forms offered at the Academy. However, the gracefulness of this dance form is unparalleled. Beginners learn excerises and master the various Chauka and Tribhangi steps, the combinations of which make up the pure dance items of Odissi. Perfecting the bends at the neck, torso and waist is an art in itself!
Students continue to explore the Odissi repertoire from Mangalacharan to Batu to Pallavi, all of which involve primarily Nritta, or what one calls pure dance, devoid of any particular expression. The torso movements and the acrobatic style is perfected during the Intermediate training at the Academy.
Jayadeva’s lyrical Sanskrit poems known as Asthapadi’s describing Lord Krishna’s life, are famously learnt and performed by Advanced students thus entering the world of Abhinaya or expression. Nritta items too increase in complexity and speed. This ultimately culminates into the finale piece of an Odissi repertoire, aptly called, Moksha!
The Academy conducts yearly Internal Assessments followed by a Parent Teacher meeting to share the student’s learning curve. Sriguruji students undergo systematic practical and conceptual training and are encouraged to appear for Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Exams. These exams are optional.
Our Odissi Gurus
Nvedita Mukherjee is a disciple of Smt. Jhelum Paranjpe & Great Guru Padmabhushan Kelucharan Mahapatra. She regularly performs in various dance concerts all over India including the Konark Festival & Khandva Dance Festival. Her innate elegance and love for this art form translate into her teaching.