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
- 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.
Know your teacher
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.