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Odissi Classical Indian Dance

Odissi or Orissi dance originated from the eastern Indian state of Odissa and is the oldest form of the 8 classical dance forms of India. The oldest archaeological evidence for Oddisi dance are the carvings found at the Manchapuri cave in Udayagiri dating back to more than 2,000 years ago. Many of the poses or positions found in modern day Odissi dance reflect the carvings found at Manchapuri and many other Hindu and Buddhist temples. Three separate Odissi dance traditions developed over the millennia: Maharis, Gotipua, and Nartaki.

The dance was popular in the royal courts until the 17th century, but as feudal courts lost their power during the British colonization, the dance and dancers
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