Odissi Dance is the Indian Dance style from the state of Orissa, and is among the major styles of classical dances along with Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Chhau and Mohiniattam. Odissi is said to date back to the 2nd century B.C., making it the oldest known classical Indian dance, as evidenced in the ancient sculptures depicting the poses unique to this style. DiBhanga, TriBhanga and Chowk poses are seen in the scuptures on the temple walls of Konarak, Bhubaneswar, and Puri in the State of Orissa.
Odissi is graceful, lyrical, and sensuous, and is generally
performed to music playes by a small orchestra including pakhawaj (two-headed drum
that pre-dates the tabla), finger cymbals, flute, violin, sitar and harmonium
(hand-pumped organ), all played by musicians seated on the floor. The dancer is
barefoot and wears ankle bells which add to the music and emphasize the fancy
footwork. The dress is a saree, or stitched from a saree, the traditional Indian
draped cloth that forms a dress or is wrapped to form pantaloons.
by : Avinash Pashricha