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|Indian Classical Dance / Klassischer Indischer Tanz / Danse classique de l'Inde > Odissi|
dance form born in Orissa, manifested in temple sculptures from 2nd Century BC,
practised and enriched by the Devadasis or maharis (as the temple
dancing girls are called in Orissa). With the construction of the
Jagannath temple in Puri in the 12th century , the practice of dedicating maharis
in the service of the temple was initiated; it continues to this day.
At once sensuous and spiritual, it has the ability to portray erotic sentiments in a deeply reverential manner. Odissi is a highly stylised dance with tribhanga or three-bend attitude of Hindu sculpture. The bhava or feeling is chaste and orthodox, with flashes of heightened dramatisation.
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