It is one of the oldest surviving forms of dance, with depictions of Odissi dancing dating back as far as the 1st century BC. Like other forms of Indian classical dance, the Odissi style traces its origins back to antiquity. Dancers are found depicted in bas-relief in the hills of Udaygiri (near Bhubaneswar) dating back to the 1st century BC. The Natya Shastra speaks of the dance from this region and refers to it as Odra-Magadhi.
Over the centuries two schools of Odissi dance developed: Mahari, and Gotipua. The Mahari tradition is similar to the devadasi tradition; these are women who are attached to deities in the temple. Gotipua is a style characteristed by the use of young boys dressed up in female clothing to perform female roles which was a result of Vaishnava philosophy in Orissa in the 16th century.
Odissi dance was held in high esteem before the 17th century. Nobility were known for their patronage of the arts, and it was not unheard of for royalty of both sexes to be accomplished dancers. However, after the 17th century, the social position of dancers began to decline. Dancing girls were considered to be little more than prostitutes, and the "Anti-Nautch" movement of the British brought Odissi dance to near extinction.
FYI: This is the maximum quality of the photograph I could get. I scanned the negative and realized a lot of grain because of lowlight. Converting it to b/w slightly lessened the grain effect, after some adjustment in PS.
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kittyhawk (1726) 2006-08-10 2:04
Very nice photo, I really like the composition. I allso think that the image works really well in B/W. I like the detail you captured as well. TFS.
P.S. Are these clothes costumes or national costumes?
Boomerangben (125) 2006-08-10 4:43
Really nice photo, well timed and the lighting works really well. I like a slightly grainy effect on black and whites, somehow it adds atmosphere. Only one slight point to make is the cropping out of half the figure on the right, but it is difficult since to include more would have upset the balance of the photo.
CeccoPhoto (2717) 2006-08-10 8:53
The choice of B&W is good. and the girl is fantastic like the composition.
arjun_das (1851) 2006-08-16 7:44
nice posture to capture but it seems that you made the background look dark by pp. is it? it works well here to make the subject more highlighted. thanks for sharing a photo on a subject as traditional as odissi dance.
thaprem (2558) 2007-05-16 6:19
Quite well made shot here with the light playing the differentiator. The note helps to bring the history in focus.
- Copyright: Santosh Korthiwada (santoshkk) (215)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2004-00-00
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon EOS Rebel 2000, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Dancing trought South-East Asia, DanCe ArOund the WorLd [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-10 1:54