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Odissi, is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It originates from the state of Odisha, in eastern India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India. It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the Tribhangi -literally: three parts break at neck, torso and knee and upon the basic square stance known as Chauka that symbolises Lord Jagannath. This dance is characterized by various Bhangis (Stance), which involves striking various postures as seen in Indian sculptures.

The four common Bhangis in Odissi dance are: Samabhangi, Ardhabhangi, Tribhangi and Chauka.

Most of the Odissi dance is centered around the life and times of God Krishna. An Odissi dance performance has never known to end without a dance that has been choreographed on some verses taken out of the immortal epic called “Ashtapadi” (or the poem written in 8 lines to a verse) composed by the legendary poet Sri Jayadeva in the 12th century. However verses from the famous Indian Epics such as the Ramayan and Mahabharat also form a part of the Odissi dance recitals. Verses are also taken from the poems of famous poets of Odisha such as Banamali and Goplakrishna and many other legendary poets of India.

Sandeepa Oishanee Palit is an accomplished and an experienced Odissi dancer. Her dance was nothing but a sheer poetry in motion - very rhythmic and graceful. She is also a very expressive dancer and has the ability to express a wide range of emotions as required by the lyrics.

Enjoy the pictures,

Shankar Adisesh

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Keywords:Classicaldancesof, India, Odissi, Oishanee, Palit, Sandeepa