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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedMarch 29, 2013
TakenMarch 23, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.3
FlashCompulsory Flash, Return light not detected
Focal Length70 mm
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The Odissi (Orissi) dance is the Indian classical dance from the Eastern state of Odissa. Classical dance in India evolved as a spiritual expression of devotion to the Higher Being. Odissi, a graceful classical dance form was therefore nurtured in the famous shrines at Orissa. A large number of dancing girls known as Maharis were attached to these famous shrines to form the morning and evening rituals of the deities. Its tradition was thus maintained through generations of these devoted temple-dancers.


Odissi dance is distinguished and differentiated from other schools of dancing by its elaborate grace and charm. The characteristic features of Odissi are it its deflection of the hip, the stances like Chauka and Tribhanga ( three –body- bend) arch wise designs of hand movement and rounded liquid body movement . It is full of sculpturesque poses known as Bhangis.

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (29 Mar 2013):

    This is wonderful! We have always seen old photographs of these dancers, but never any up this close and sharp. Great narrative too!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (29 Mar 2013):

    A real standout!Beautiful portrait.

  • Haim Yavets

    Haim Yavets gave props (29 Mar 2013):

    interesting. beautiful picture

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (29 Mar 2013):

    Beautiful color!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (29 Mar 2013):

    Loved reading your narrative on the dance, it was so interesting. The colors in this shot are awesome!!!

  • Maggie Posh

    Maggie Posh (Deleted) said (30 Mar 2013):

    Very out standing picture, of this beautiful lady, I have seen quite a Few Sri lankan wedding's, and the Dress is wonderful and of course colourful!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (1 Apr 2013):

    lovely !!

  • Nasrin Tajadod

    Nasrin Tajadod gave props (6 Apr 2013):

    I like all your photos

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