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Odissi is one of the traditional Indian dance forms.
It originated in the state of Orissa (or Odisha).
It was performed in the temples as an offering by the Maharis who dedicated their lives to the service of the divine.
After the British took over India, Odissi was prohibited – a restriction that can be likened so the abolishment of the Hawaiian hula.
The tradition of Odissi was secretly embedded and carried on in Gotipuas, acrobatic boy dancers; and as India regained its independence, great efforts to revive the classical Indian dance forms emerged. Today, Odissi has found new life on stages around the world.
Due to this important historical background, when we perform on a stage, we consider it as a ritual in the presence of Jagannath, which means Lord of the Universe.
It allows us a moment to be spectators of the rich tradition and spiritual practice, which elevates our lives toward oneness.
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