Odissi, one of the classical dance forms of India. Odissi, originated from the eastern Indian state, Orissa. Natya Shastra, the classic treatise Indian dance, refers Odissi as Odra-Magadhi.
Odissi, differs from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis and upon the basic square stance known as chauka.
The traditional Odissi repertoire consists of Mangalacharan -an invocational piece, Battu Nrutya - a dance piece offered to the Lord of dance - Lord Shiva in his ‘Batuka Bhairava’ form. This piece brings out the essence of Odissi.
The third one Pallavi and is a pure dance item in which a raga is elaborated through eye movements, body postures & intricate footwork. Abhinaya, the fourth is a poem telling a story conveyed to the audience through mudra or hand gestures (the language of Indian classical dance), facial expression and body movement.
Dashavataar is a dance piece describing the ten incarnations of the Lord Vishnu with verses taken from the Gita Govinda and is the fifth one. Moksha is a pure dance item with only the mardal-pakhawaj (percussion) accompaniment - the dance of liberation and the fine one.
Shown in the video is an Odissi performance by Sujata Mohapatra, a performance based on Gita Govinda.