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Odissi the dance form from Odisha is supposed to be the oldest surviving classical dance forms in India.Odissi is based on the popular devotion to Lord Krishna and the verses of the sanskrit play Geet Govinda are used to despict the love and devotion to God. The Odissi dancers used their head, bust and torso in soft flowing movements to express specific moods and emotions.


The three schools of Odissi that evolved through centuries are Mahari, the devadasi tradition, the Nartkaki, developed in the royal courts, and the Goptipau, featured by boys in female costumes. The vocal for the dance is a tributary of Hindusthani Music. The instruments used are Pakhawaj, Basuri, Manjira, Sitar etc..On the temple walls of Bhubaneshwar, Puri and Konark the dance sculptures of Odissi are clearly visible.

  • Guru Kelu Charan Mahapatra
  • Deba Prassad Das
  • Mayadhar Das
  • Pankaj Charan Das
  • Mahadev Rout
  • Raghu Dutt
  • Sonal Mansing
  • Samyukta Panigrahi Protima Bedi
  • Aloka Kanungo 
  • Sarmila Biswas
  • Dhirendra Nath Pattnaik
  • Indrani Rahman
  • Kelucharan Mahapatra
  • Priyambada Mohanty
  • Sonal Mansingh

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