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Welcome to the online learning at Pracheeti Odissi dance Academy. Learn this graceful and alluring dance form in short structured modules. At Pracheeti Odissi Dance Academy we believe it is our responsibility, as the cultural ambassadors of Odissi, to carry forward this rich 2000-year-old tradition in an authentic manner. Imparting training in Odissi in the contemporary context while maintaining the integrity of the form is at the heart of our institution with the changes in the teaching methodology in the post-pandemic world.

We now have 50+ students globally, learning, practising and performing Odissi in all the corners of the world. Keeping in line with the contemporary times, we have carefully planned and designed short modules that the students can learn and perform from the comfort and safety of their homes while gaining insight into the rich legacy and history of Odissi. Transforming our teaching methodology in these dynamic times while preserving and nurturing the traditional style and form of Odissi has led to an avant-garde teaching approach.

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We believe in nurturing young minds and fostering their creativity, which is why we have created a special Introductory Odissi Module for Kids. This module is designed to introduce the basics of Odissi in a fun and interactive way, stimulating the young minds and inspiring them to learn more.

Introductory Odissi Module designed especially for Kids that aims to engage, inspire and stimulate creative young minds.

Basics of Odissi taught in a fun and interactive manner including body conditioning and yoga exercises Practical and theoretical concepts of the basic dance vocabulary of Odissi taught.

Introduction to Odissi fundamentals with structured teaching of various layers and their combination Different activities every class to spark imagination like riddles, stories, group activities, choreography and drawing activities Introduction to new stories from Indian mythology through use of multimedia Use of different mudras, bhavas, stances, walks in Odissi while enacting stories Choreographies taught on contemporary stories like Harry Potter in Odissi style A traditional Odissi choreography performance at the end of the module.


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This module offers a comprehensive introduction to Odissi dance in a structured and systematic manner through 12 progressive lessons.

Students learn stances, steppings, mudras, padabheda, grivabheda, vakshachalan, basics of Odissi music, and taal.
Body conditioning
exercises and warm-ups are incorporated to prevent injuries.

As students advance, they learn traditional Odissi walks and the emotive aspect of Odissi – abhinaya.

Students learn saree-draping, makeup, and hair for Odissi, and receive performance commentary and music.

Lectures and notes on the history, evolution, and legacy of Odissi are included for a holistic understanding.

Online recordings of each class and short WhatsApp tutorial videos of individual elements taught are made available.

The method of instruction prepares students to perform a traditional choreography at the end of the module.
In this module, the students will explore the nritta or pure dance aspect of Odissi. With a solid foundation in the basics from the beginners module, they will now learn more intricate footwork and complex steppings.

Traditional movement patterns and different walks are introduced along with the concepts of tihai, sthai, arasa.

The aim is to build the traditional Odissi vocabulary of the students as well as challenging and improving their memory, stamina, and endurance.

The students will learn and perform a Pallavi, a pure dance choreography, at the end of the 12 lessons.

Notations, recitation, and music of the piece along with the class recordings and video tutorials will be provided for performance preparation.
Angashudhi literally means purification of the body. Bringing back the focus to basics, this module aims at strengthening and polishing the form of the students. Repetition and practice is an important concept in Indian classical dance to achieve fitness and mastery over the body and mind hence this module aims to go back to the roots to draw strength and a fresh perspective.

The focus is on completing the basics in Chauk and tribhang in all 3 layas (speeds): Vilambit, Madhya and Dhrut.
The aim is to challenge and push the endurance and stamina while maintaining the posture and form of the student.
Students will learn and practice all the padabheda hastamudras grivabhed vakshchalan, etc., with special emphasis on variations of basic steppings. The module will streamline and polish all the fundamental concepts and steppings in Odissi, with a focus on completing and performing the Sabha Pranaam.


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Following the rigorous focus on the fundamentals of Odissi the students will delve into an exploration of the sculpturesque quality of Odissi. They will learn the iconic signature piece Sthai in 12 lessons.

This module focuses on exploring the sculpturesque quality of Odissi, in 12 lessons, through the iconic signature piece Sthai.

Each lesson will focus on learning the new choreography while revising basics and theory covered in the previous modules.

This piece brings to life sculptures found on panels of the Konark Temple.

Students will learn different iconic poses and different arasas; while also introducing the students to margam and temple dance history. The module gives an introduction to the mahari style of Odissi through this choreography of Guru Pankaj Charan Das, whose style is influenced by the mahari tradition.
This module focuses on the Abhinaya or emotive aspect of Odissi after the previous module’s focus on the Nritta aspect. The students will learn a short and captivating traditional abhinaya piece from the Odissi repertoire in 12 lessons.

Students will learn about the use of mudras and bhavas for abhinaya, including the Asamyukta, Samyukta, and Odissi mudras, as well as Shirobhedas and Drishtibhedas from the text Abhinayadarpan .

The module aims to teach character and space establishment, as well as expressing different emotions and thoughts through the codified language of gestures and Anga.

Students will also learn new vocabulary of traditional bhangis and movements, and expand their knowledge of Odissi taal and music.

Discussion about the characters and the meaning and sub-context will be done The notations and music will be provided


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This module focuses on the nritta aspect of Odissi through the contemporary and famous choreography – Megh Pallavi by Guru Ratikant Mohapatra. The Pallavi is set in Jhumpa taal, a time cycle of 10 beats and is a very popular choreography in this rhythm cycle.

The piece explores lilting and graceful movements and is known for its vibrant and energetic style that captivates the audience.

The participants will learn new movement patterns in Odissi while also improving their sense of rhythm and delivery.

Special emphasis will be given to understanding the structure of Jhumpa taal and the notations of the Pallavi.
This module is designed to introduce the participants to learn a very special and rare composition of the Odissi repertoire in 12 lessons. This unique piece called Champu, is a type of song where each line starts with a particular alphabet. The participants will specifically learn the “La” Champu, where each line starts with the letter “La.” This piece based on Krishna and Radha helps in gaining an introduction to the different types of Nayika or heroines.

This piece is also important from an exam pbroint of view The piece taught in 12 lessons is called “Leela Nidhi He,” which is a choreography by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

The theme of the piece is about Radha pleading with Krishna to return her saree, and is written by Kavisurya Baladev Rath.

The notations and music will be provided Discussion about the characters and the meaning and sub-context will be done
Learn this signature piece of Odissi repertoire in 16 structured lessons. Dashavtar describes the 10 principal incarnations. This piece is from the 12th century text, Geeta Govinda written by Kavi Jaidev.

Dashavtar is a dramatic piece that combines rigorous dance and abhinaya choreographed by Guru Kelucharan Mohaptra.

This iconic composition helps participants understand and explore various stories from Indian mythology.
Dashavtar is a powerful piece with a weaving of story details and dance sections.

The notations and music for Dashavtar are provided, along with the literal and
sub-textual meaning of the text.

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