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Technique and Repertory

Title:Technique and Repertory
Author:Khokar, Mohan
Enumeration:Vol. 13 Issue no. 2; March 1960, p. 23-38 [A note on hastas by Dhirendra Nath Pattanaik]
Abstract:Odissi is essentially a lasya dance, and embraces both nritta and nritya: nritta incorporates a range of poses and movements, and nritya consists of songs rendered in Shudh Bani. It is based on Bharata's Natya Shastra and Nandikeswara's Abhinaya Darpana, but also incorporates elements from other Oriya manuscripts on dance and related arts. The performance of Odissi consists of pada bhadas (feet positions); bhuris (movement of the dancer on the stage); hastas or mudras (hand gestures), mostly used for abhinaya; belis, the principal body positions; bhangis, the basic poses and movements of nritta; and karanas, the basic dance units consisting of a stance, a pose, hastas, and movements. The repertory of Odissi consists of the following items: bhumi pranam, bighnaraj puja; batu nritya; ishta deva bandana; svara pallabi nritta; sabhinaya nritya; and tarijham.

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