ODISSI is an ancient traditional Indian dance, originating more than 2,000 years ago. In Hinduism, it is believed that this dance was invented by the god, Shiva, the supreme yogi, who taught it to a dancer named Manirambha. It is one of the most ancient classical Indian dances and one of the eight traditional dance forms described in the “Natya Shastra,” the ancient text on Indian performing arts. It comes from the state of Orissa in India; therefore, it is known as Orissi dance as well.
Initially, Odissi was danced in yogic temples as a ritual and the practice of this dance is very similar to yoga and meditation. Some even consider it to be a form of yoga because both help to connect the physical body with spiritual energy. Both practices calm and focus the mind while strengthening the body.
Odissi dance involves flowing movements of the hands, eyes and torso together with rhytmic movements of the feet. It uses mudras, hand gestures, expressing a particular act, and includes moments of stillness in particular poses that originate from asanas. It combines powerful and masculine footwork called tandava, with beautiful smooth and feminine poses and motions called lasya. One of the strongest features of this dance is tribhanga, or three body bends in the neck, waist and knees. Odissi dance includes many elements and poses from Natya yoga: The Yoga of Dance.
Considered both a classical and devotional dance form, Odissi is graceful and sensuous, expressive and sophisticated, and exquisitely portrays the beauty of the Sacred Feminine while reflecting the ancient spiritual motifs of India’s great tantric temples.
Odissi has undergone major transformations throughout the centuries. In recent times, it has made a quantum leap from the temples and courts of India to the stages and theatres of the world. In its modern incarnation, Odissi dance is highly technical, featuring rhythmical footwork, intricate hand gestures, and captivating expressions. Today, this ancient practice is still igniting transformation within dancers and audiences as amid the changes and evolution of Odissi, the dance has preserved its devotional roots and maintained its spiritual depth. To witness a performance of Odissi dance is to enter the place where heaven and earth touch, where sensuality and the spirituality are one in the depths of the human heart.
ODISSI is Vedic Dancing. Ancient Indian dance is the oldest known form of temple dance on Earth dating back to Vedic times. It is highly scientific and metaphysical. There is a meaning behind every movement that evokes divine communion. Odissi has also been referred to as a form of Ayurvedic psychotherapy, a self-realization / meditation.
As she dances with all her love, pure body, fire and devotion, she resonates barefoot with mother Earth. She purifies the space where she is physically, emotionally and mentally while raising the consciousness and vibrations for whomsoever sees her.
Indian classical dance represents an ancient way of expressing devotion to The Divine. It is a form of spiritual practice and offering for those who desire to make it so.
For children, youth and adults classical dance training positively channels the mind and body, develops balance, courage, confidence and joy for learning and growth into happy, positive and confident self.
Body is a temple.
Discover the divine dancer within.