Alap It is the opening section of a typical Indian classical performance. It is unmetered, improvised (within the raga) and unaccompanied (except for the drone of the tanpura), and is started at a slow tempo. Anadha Hide category of the 4 musical divisions, e.g. Mardala or Pakhawaj (Drum), Tabla, and Mridangam. Asanjukta Dhvanis Sound created […]

  Q1) How many types of mudras are there?   ANS:  Q2) Describe the following :- Asanjukta Hasta Mudra Sanjukta Hasta Mudra Nrutya Hasta Mudra Parampara Hasta Mudra ANS: Q3) Demonstrate different types of Mudras Q4) What is Bhoomi Pranam?  Q5) What are the different parts of Odissi Dance?  Q6) What […]

Three hundred years before the appearance of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Shri Jayadeva Goswami served as the court pandita of Shri Lakshmana Sena, King of Bengal. Jayadeva was born at Kenduli, a sasana village predominantly inhabited by Brahmins, in the Prachi valley in the Puri region. Jayadeva and Padmavati (his wife and an expert dancer) used […]

Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra (January 8, 1926 – April 7, 2004) was a proponent of Odissi dance, who is credited for the revival of the classical dance form in the 20th century. He is the first person to get Padma Vibhushan from Odisha. From the traditional expertise of the Chitrakaras through the entertaining […]

  Abhinaya literally means the representation or exposition of a certain theme from the Sanskrit abhi – to or towards – with the root in – to lead. More accurately it means “leading an audience towards” the experience (bhava) of a sentiment (rasa). The concept, derived from Bharata Muni’s Natyashastra  is used as an integral part […]

Chauka Chauka literally means square, which represents the first completely stable structure. It represents Lord Jagannath Krishna in Odiya folklore as he brings stability to the universe. Chauka reflects the balanced, all-encompassing and universal quality of “Dharma”. Chuaka is a basic odissi stance where the weight of the body is distributed equally on both the […]

  Ghumura Folk Dance Ghumura Dance or Ghumra Dance is one of the most sought and leading folk dance form in Orissa. It is classified as folk dance as the dress code of Ghumura resembles more like a tribal dance. Many researchers claim it was a War dance in ancient India and used by Ravana […]

Taal : Khemta Taal Jati : Tisra Matra: 6     Bhag: 2      Chanda: 3+3     Taali: on 1 Phank: on 4 Anag: 2 drutabiram Bol/Ukuta: (Dha) (Dhi)  (Na)  (Dha)  (Ti) (Na) 1 Guna: (Dha)      (Dhi)        (Na)         (Dha)          (Ti)   […]

Taal : Tripata  Taal Jati : Tishra Matra: 7     Bhag: 3      Chanda: 3+2+2     Taali: on 1,4,6 Anag: 1 druta biram, 2 druta Bol/Ukuta: (Dhei) (Tathin)  (Dak) I (Tathin) (Dak) I (Tathin)   (Dak) 1 Guna: (Dhei)     (Tathin)       (Dak)      (Tathin) (Dak)         […]

Taal : Rupak Taal Jati : Chaturasya Matra: 6     Bhag: 2      Chanda: 2+4     Taali: on 1&3 Anag: 1 laghu, 1 druta Bol/Ukuta: (DhaS) (Kadataka) I (DhaS) (Kadataka) (Tin)  (Dha) 1 Guna: (DhaS)          (Kadataka)         (DhaS)         (Kadataka)       […]