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Odissi Dance

Odissi Dance is one of the expressive dance forms in India. The Odissi Dance of Orissa is one of the classical dances of India that is known for its typical 'bhangis' and 'mudras'.
The Odissi dance of Puri has its origin in the temples of Orissa that formed the center of the cultural events of the territory. Odissi Dance embraces both Natya and Nrutya. Some of the distinct features of the Odissi dance are as follows:
  • Stheyee Nrutya - Stheyee Nrutya presents a series of poses.
  • Pallavi - Pallavi is known for its graceful movements.
  • Mangacharana - Mangacharan is a dance dedicated to the Lord.
  • Moksa Nrutya - Moksa Nrutya is among the last item performed. Moksa Nrutya is a fast tempo dance in which the soul of the dancer is said to merge with that of the Lord.
  • Abhinaya - This item is done through facial expression.

Kelucharan Mahapatra

Kelucharan Mahapatra is among the best Odissi dancers in India. He was born in Raghuraipur in 1926. He started learning Pakhawaj and Gotipua dance at a very tender age. Kelucharan Mahapatra started training under some of the eminent dancers such as Mohan Sundar, Pankaj Charan Das and Deva Gaswami.

Before theatre, Kelucharan Mahapatra worked with a Rasleela troupe. After India became independent, he started working towards popularizing the Mahari and Gotipua Nritya. In his endeavor to popularize the dance forms, Kelucharan Mahapatra has received a number of awards. He is said to have contributed greatly towards the contemporary repertoire of Odissi.

Last Updated on : 22/06/2013