suggests that Odissi is one of the oldest surviving
dance forms of India. Its origin can also be traced to the temple
dances of the devadasis and Goti Pua.
The inscriptions and sculpted dance poses depicted in temples like
Brahmeswara and 'Natak Mandir' of the Sun Temple
at Konark speak of this lyrical, sensuous dance form. With the persistence
of Abhinaya Chandrika in 1950 the dance form was revitalised.
The mudras and the expressions are similar to those of Bharatanatyam.
Odissi performances are based on devotion to Lord Krishna and on
the verses of the Sanskrit play 'Geet Govinda' which depicts
love and devotion towards God.
The 'Tribhang' or the division of the body into three parts - head,
bust and torso is a striking feature of Odissi that is used to express
specific moods and emotions.
Kelucharan Mahapatra, formerly a Goti
Pua, is one of the great exponents and guru of this ancient