Odissi – Deep Dive (2/3)

  1. The most important elements in the Odissi dance are the Bhangis (stylised poses) and Karanas (Yoga based body positions).
  2. It has an intensely emotional and lyrical structure which is based on the popular devotion to Lord Krishna.
  3. But its not only this – Odissi shows traces of Buddhism, Tantrism, Saivism & of course Vaisnavism, in the figures depicted & in the messages conveyed.
  4. As Odissi moved from temple to theatre and lost some of its spiritual quality.
  5. We talked about the Mahari tradition, right? When the dancers moved out of temples – they identified more with the Gotipua tradition.

 

  1. The most important elements in the Odissi dance are the Bhangis (stylised poses) and Karanas (Yoga based body positions).
  2. It has an intensely emotional and lyrical structure which is based on the popular devotion to Lord Krishna.
  3. But its not only this – Odissi shows traces of Buddhism, Tantrism, Saivism & of course Vaisnavism, in the figures depicted & in the messages conveyed.
  4. As Odissi moved from temple to theatre and lost some of its spiritual quality.
  5. We talked about the Mahari tradition, right? When the dancers moved out of temples – they identified more with the Gotipua tradition.