PC: Simon Richardson

PC: Simon Richardson

BHUMI Odissi Dance Academy - Special Intensive Course:

INTRODUCTION to ODISSI DANCE (10 weeks - 15h tuition)

The Place, London Euston

17 Duke's Rd, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9PY

Every Wednesday: 9th Jan - 20th Mar

7.30-9pm (no class on 13th Feb)

A short self-contained course to introduce you to the multilayered and refined art of Odissi, a sacred dance that combines lyrical grace with core strength, stylised hand gestures with rhythmic footwork, abstract lines with emotional depth.  You will learn the basics of Odissi dance, in the guru Kelucharan Mohapatra style, as transmitted by his student and leading Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra.

This course is good for whoever has an interest in Indian classical dance and in Odissi in particular. It is appropriate for absolute beginners as well as for people who already know the basic technique, but want to polish and revise it. It is also good for people who are more generally interested in expanding their movement skills, in terms of finding grace, stamina, strength, balance, musicality and rhythmic understanding, whether for personal or artistic growth.



  • Basic Stances: understanding correct alignment in cauka, tribhanga, abhanga and sama

  • Basic steps of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra lineage, as transmitted by leading artist Sujata Mohapatra (Srjan)

  • Tala with bols (spoken rhythm), hand clapping and footwork

  • Mudras: commonly used hand gestures and some of their meanings

  • Padabeda: commonly used foot and leg positions

  • Bhangis: elaborate body stances derived from temple sculptures

  • Chalana Chari: basic odissi travelling step

  • Arm drills: studies of arm variations with commonly used hand gestures


  • Angikam: a prayer to the divine that permeates the whole universe: ‘Oh auspicious one, your body is the body of the universe, your voice is the sound of all languages, your ornaments are the moon and the stars, I bow to you oh Benevolent one’

  • Arasa: a small rhythmic phrase exploring stances taken from temple sculptures and representing different musical instruments.


  • Odissi history: origins of the forms, development from traditional to classical dance and details about Mohapatra lineage.

  • Rasa/Bhava: understanding what is rasa or aesthetics in Indian classical dance

  • Sadhana: understanding the importance of practice and its spiritual significance

Handouts on the material studied in the course and details of the music used for the choreographies will be provided. Possibility to film the material studied in the course for self-practice. No previous knowledge of Indian classical dance is required. Upon registration, you will receive a detailed syllabus of the course and any other information to make the most of this opportunity.

Register by: 9th January 2019 or take advantage of the Early Bird discount and register by 2nd January.


Half Term £90 (Early Bird £80)

Full Term £170 (Early Bird £150)

Exclusive Bundle offer if you join also the Friday class.

Please visit HERE for full fee structure.

BURSARIES for YOUNG PEOPLE (15-20yo) Available (see HERE)