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DANCES OF ODISHA

DANCES OF ODISHA

Dances in Odisha has its origin in the temples, the rhythm, the bhangis and mudras used in Dances have a distinctive quality of their own. Some dances originated in the mock fights of the Odia Paikas (warriors) who fought rhythmically to the accompaniment of indigenous music instruments. Some Dances actual form of the dance is executed by a group of boys who perform acrobatic figures and Known as Gotipua dance.

Odissi Dance Workshop

Odissi dance 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 on the basis of archaeological evidences. The classic treatise of Indian dance, Natya Shastra, refers to it as Odra-Magadhi.

Odissi is the traditional dance form of Odisha which owes its origin to the temple dances.Generally the Odissi dancers use their head, bust and torso in soft flowing movements to express specific movements, moods and emotions.The history of Odissi dance is almost two thousand years old. Odissi is a highly inspired, passionate, ecstatic and sensuous form of dance.

 

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GotiPua Dance Workshop

Gotipua Dance is performed by young boys only, who impersonate as females for the performance. They display the art of Goti Pua, to please the local God Lord Jagannath, who is an incarnation of Lord Krishna. It is basically an acrobatic style of dancing by the young boys.

Boys let their hair grow, in order to knot it for the dance performance. Flowers adorn the bun of hair that the boys beautifully make up. Their faces are painted with white and red powder to lighten their complexion. Kajal is used generously to accentuate the eyes of the performers.

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Nagga Dance Workshop

The most virile and spectacular dance during the religious processions in the district of Puri is known as Naga dance. Generally young and energetic men are chosen for the dance.

Costumes
The costume is heavy and elaborate. The dancer wears a huge headgear profusely decorated with silver ornaments and a false beard almost covering the face. Multi-coloured attached in two bamboo sticks are tightly fitted to the arms.

With jerky movement of the shoulders he dances in heroic steps. Sometimes he holds a gun. He moves at the head of the procession along with the drummers who provide rhythm to his movements. Formerly the dance was confined to Brahmins only, but now people of other castes perform it as well.

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Horse Dance (Chaiti Ghoda) Workshop

 

This folk item is connected with the ‘Shakti’ cult of coastal Orissa confined to the people of ‘Kaibarta’ caste only. This festival is observed by the Kaibartas in the month of ‘Chaitra’ from the fool moon day to eight day of ‘Vaisakha’ in honour of their caste deity “Vasuli Devi’.

A horse-ridden man with the head of a horse well dressed and trunk built of bamboo, dances to the tune of ‘Dhola’ and ‘Mahuri’ accompanied by songs composed by the local poets. The dancing party consists of two dancers, one male and one female, a drummer and a piper.

The Kaibarta song of Achutananda Das, (one of the poets of “Pancha Sakha” group flourished in the 16th century) is believed to be only religious text of the Kaibartas. The origin of this dance goes back to the hoary past.

Dedicated To Goddess Vasuli
The Goddess Vasuli is held very high among the Kaibartas. Here it may be mentioned that the Goddess has a wide distribution in Orissa, but is considered to be the oldest in Puri where Raja of Puri provided land grants for regular worship of the deity. Vasuli in many places is taken to be one of the manifestations of the ‘Durga’ and one of sixty-four ‘Yoginis’.

The horse dance is very popular and attracts a large audience. The performing group consists of three main characters- ‘Rauta’, ‘Rautani’ and the Horse dancer, besides the drummer and the piper. The songs recited in the performance consist of the episode from mythology. Rautani is Rauta’s Co-dancer and Co-singer.

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Paika Akhada Dance Workshop

Paika akhada or paika akhara is an Odia term which roughly translates as “warrior gymnasium” or “warrior school”.[1] In former times they served as the training schools of the peasant militia in Odisha, eastern India. Today’s paika akhada are used for practicing the traditional physical exercises in addition to the paika dance, a performance art with rhythmic movements and weapons being hit in time to the drum

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Durga Dance Workshop

 

 

 

 

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Fire Dance Workshop

 

 

 

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