The place of Odissi

Why should one learn Odissi nowadays? What is the relevance of such deep and demanding art form in a world that is dictated by time efficiency and product oriented logic? Is there a future for this dance and what will this future be? Is there a place for the subtle aesthetic search of psychological unfolding that abhinaya creates, in a world that has lost its desire to imagine the non literal, to decode the symbolic, to accept the uncertain? And the geometrical unnatural beauty of this form, while should one embody it? while should one feel uncomfortable in a world which privileges tedious comfort? We dance this dance as a form of rebellion against the misery of our hectic lives, as a desperate appeal to the deeply transformative power of poetry, as a quest for beauty in a world of horrors.

01/02/2016