Foundation Course In Odissi

Learn the basics of  Odissi in a self-paced, three-month course

Introduction to Odissi

Odissi is a major Indian classical dance form from Odisha which depicts stories and  legends with a subtle  message. The earliest archaeological evidence of this dance form goes back to 2nd century BCE, traced from the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves in Bhubaneswar.  Odissi is based on the tenets of Natya Shastra and has five aspect to its dance form namely Manglacharan (invocation), Nritta (pure dance), Nritya (pure dance), Naatya (dance drama) and Moksha (culminating dance). It is the only Indian classical dance that featured in Michael Jackson’s popular single, Black and White, in 1991.

About the course

You will learn the basics of Odissi dance form: knowledge of the unique torso movement, hand gestures, common foot movements, head, eye and neck movements as well as  the traditional sculpture poses, Bhangis. At the end of the course, you will learn a short dance piece and would have gained a deeper understanding of this art form.


The self-paced three-month workshop is designed to teach you the nuances of this unique dance form. You will have access to:

  • 16 recorded sessions
  • 10 practice videos
  • 6 live sessions with the instructor 

 Level: Beginner


  • Practical experience of learning Odissi 
  • A short Odissi dance piece 
  • The grammar and composition of Odissi 
  • A certificate of completion


The workshop duration is from October 25, 2020-January 31, 2021. However, you will have access to all the sessions until April 21, 2021. 

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In his 30 years of industry experience, Karan Kishan Kingrani has been a lead performer in prestigious festivals of Indian Classical Dance Fraternity including the Khajurao Festival, performed on stage for the Indian Army, Air Force, Maharashtra Police, represented India at the International Silk Road Film Festival in China, and performed with Pandit Birju Maharaj, the maestro of Kathak, in International Film Festival of India and the reality show, Jhalak Dikhlaja. He received his training in Kathak from Kavikulguru Kalidas University in Ramtek (MA in Kathak), Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Miraj (BA in Kathak), and a Diploma in Natya Shastra. His talent has also been recognized through the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Kaala Samman Award and at the International Silk Road Film Festival.

Artists share their experiences

“It was an honor to perform Kathak under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj and team. So grateful for this opportunity when you find an audience of more than 2.5 lakh applauding you.”
Manita Gauba, 38
“It was like a dream to perform on that magnificent floating stage, in front of such a mammoth audience. I was a part of Cosmic Rythym - a yoga dance, at the World Culture Festival 2016. There were many hitches before going in for the finale. But, in the finale, it was perfect.”
Jayashree Prabhakar, 50
“We had started practicing ahead of the grand event. The entire Gujarat team was preparing for traditional Garba. It was a visual treat to see 1500 Garba dancers performing together. The performance was received with a standing ovation. I loved it.”
Ronak Pala, 32