Odissi Music

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Today the orchestra consists of the Guru who mostly is also the mardala player accompanied with one or two vocalists. There are a number of other instruments that can be used like the manjira, sitar, violin, flute, veena, khol. some of the renowned gurus in odissi dance were Guru pankaj charan das, guru kelucharan mohapatra, […]

Odissi Costume

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In Odissi the costume is usually a stitched pyjama specially made from silk and is draped around the person. While the women wear sarees which are woven in silk and have intricate designs with special borders on them. They also uses silver jewellery. Ornaments like anklets, bells, bracelets earrings and necklaces all are used. The […]

Odissi Theme & Technique

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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 […]

Odissi History

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Odissi is an Indian classical dance form from the Eastern state of Orissa. It is one of India’s oldest dance forms and it faced grave extinction during the British Raj. The odissi of today is sourced from Devadasi or Mahari tradition. It is a tradition that signified beautiful young women being consecrated to the Gods. […]

Patta Chitra

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Patta Chitra is a religious paintings its come from a small village Raghurajpur near Puri, in Orissa. ‘Patta’ in Sanskrit means ‘Vastra’ or ‘clothings’ chitra means painting.   These paintings are also done on palm-leaf manuscripts. It is a traditional drawing style from Orissa. Images are etched or engraved in dried palm leaves in this […]


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Tarakashi is a type of silver Filigree . Cuttack is the most popular in world for its filigree works. Its highly skilled art form is more than 500 years old. Its traditionally the art of filigree has attained unconquerable heights of charm and beauty, demonstrating its capacity to remain unspoiled with the passage of time. […]


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Chandua (applique )  chandua  is a  poplar handicraft in Pipili, Puri and surrounding area. Each and every family of here is engaged themselves in this applique craft. This is livelihood of most people here. The Craft involves embroidering and stitching of small pieces of colored cloth with motifs of flowers, animals, village scene and traditional […]