Odissi Theme & Technique

The themes of Odissi are usually based on Lord Krishna. The Ashtapadi of Jayadeva is another very common theme. Odissi arft form centers on spirituality and devotion of its artists to the gods.
Odissi artform follows the basic rules of the Natyashastra and the Silpasastra styles in its techniques. Tribhangi n chauka are two main characteristic that features of Odissi. chauka means a dancer will poses himself by making hand like lord jaganath n bend his knees half n put his foot in opposite direction in between one foot gap. n tribhang divides the body into three parts, head, bust, and torso. Any posture in the dance form that signifies or deals with these three elements is called tribhangi. It is also the is the feminine curvaceous sculptural position with the body weight on one foot. Hence the dance form creates the illusion as if the sculpture is just coming to life.These kind of isolated torso movements are a typical feature of odissi creating the eternal ā€˜Sā€™ pattern.
The mudras are also important. The term mudra means “stamp” and is a hand position which signifies several meanings. Each mudras has its own meaning and connotation which helps to explain and take the story forward.
The dance form lays a lot of importance to facial expressions. It also has vigorous movements that makes it possible for the dancer to look emotional and exhausted. Hence this kind of style helps to maintain a mental and spiritual aspect to the dance form.

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