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Odissi Dance

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  • Country: India
  • City: Dharamkot
  • Year: 2015
  • Author: Luca Fecarotta

The Odissi Dance is one of the most ancient dance of all over India and the world.. with a history dating back to more than a thousand years ago. This is one of the few arts also resisted from the English invasion in the past; art described and depicted in ancient manuscripts handed down from generation to generation.

In the more recent history was rebuilt and revived vigorously in all its charm and spectacularity. This dance is known for its difficulty both physical and mental.
It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the Tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis and upon the basic square stance known as Chauka or Chouka that symbolizes Lord Jagannath (the God of this dance).

The physical effort of the dancers is constant to reproduce movements always very precise and almost unnatural. The workouts that are behind this discipline are very tough and tiring, so much that once you learn this discipline, your body is trained and built in such a way that every other dance is much easier to learn. In terms of memory, the girls (and boys) must strive to remember a huge number of figures and positions to be executed with extreme precision. This dance is in fact the representation of a story normally linked to Hindu culture... battles, love stories, there is a bit of everything. So the expressivity of the dancer and her precise movements are crucial to take the audience into the story... once you understand and learned the figures and gestures, is like reading a spectacular book in live.
All this is accompanied by a suggestive music played by the Guruji, and by spectacular and colorful costumes.

REPORTAGE: The Odissi Dance

27 Pages and more than 50 pictures in high quality will introduce you to the most ancient classical dance form of India: The Odissi Dance. My first reportage available for download as PDF for only 2,5 Euro! More info

 Reportage: The Odissi Dance