Shiro Bheda : Classification of Head movements in odissi

Head movements are called shiro Bheda. The head movements refer to the head positions, while expressing a particular bhava. There are nine types of head movements. Application: Pride, paralysis, inaction, affection, anger (narasimha Avatara) Application: Shyness or modesty, sorrow, bowing, evil thought, fainting,looking at objects on the earth, a plunge into the water (kalia) Application: … Continue reading Shiro Bheda : Classification of Head movements in odissi

Hasta Bheda : Speaking Through Mudras

A Mudra is a symbolic hand gesture used in Hindu and Buddhist iconography, performing arts, and spiritual practice, including yoga, dance, drama and tantra. There are a total of 28 mudras in the Abhinaya Darpan or the The Mirror of Gesture. It mentions that the dancer should sing the song by the throat, express the meaning of the song through hand gestures, … Continue reading Hasta Bheda : Speaking Through Mudras

Griva Bheda: Movement of the neck

Neck movements are called Grivabeda. Neck movements are an integral part of most Indian classical dance form. There are four types of grivabeda Sundari– continuous neck movement from left to rightTiraschina– neck movement from center to left corner then center to right cornerParibartita– neck movement from left side to right side (like offering namaz)Prakampita– neck … Continue reading Griva Bheda: Movement of the neck

Drishti Bheda: Connecting through the eyes

Drishti in sanskrit means “vision”. Drishti Bedha's help us classify different eye movements depending on how we move our eyeballs. We use each of these different movements in our daily life, but they also have their own identification. In classical dance, there are a total of nine types of eye movements. Some are obvious and … Continue reading Drishti Bheda: Connecting through the eyes

Stay connected, stay relevant

How many roles do dancers play? Not on stage but offstage. Away from the limelight and away from what you see from the outside. Being a classical dancer I have come to realize that staying relevant and staying connected are my biggest challenges. When I say ‘connected’ I mean putting yourself out there. Make yourself accessible … Continue reading Stay connected, stay relevant

The Glorious Odissi Sari

Odissi is a sensual, lyrical and exceptionally graceful dance. Every aspect of odissi focuses on bringing out the intricacies of movement in dance. The costume, jewellery and makeup for odissi also reflect the same subtle nuances of the dance form.   The Saree worn by Odissi dancers are characterised by features of traditional prints of … Continue reading The Glorious Odissi Sari

Celebrating Artists – Nirupama & Rajendra

The greatness of a story lies in how many times it can be retold. How many versions of the story can be made without ruining its essence. Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, Lion King, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Each of these stories have been the subject of books, plays, movies, animated movies and musicals. It takes … Continue reading Celebrating Artists – Nirupama & Rajendra