PC: Simon Richardson

PC: Simon Richardson

BHUMI Odissi Dance Academy - Special Intensive Course:


3rd September - 22nd October, Every Monday, 7-8.30pm

8 weeks (12 hours tuition)

Small World Centre, Unit 11, Eurolink Centre, 49 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1B

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


  • Pushpanjali: choreographic excerpt of the traditional repertoire comprising of offering of flowers and invocation to Lord Jagannath
  • Sringara: original choreography on the nayika (heroine) dressing up and wearing ornaments


  • 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: 3rd September 2018

FEE: £130

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

Introduction to Odissi