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is the name of a classical dance style from the northeast Indian state of Orissa. Oḍissi mirrors the dancing figures of the temples of Bhubaneshwar, Puri, and Konarak (10th to 13th cent.) and is based on the praxis of certain (female) temple dancers (Devadāsī/Māhārī) still current, as well as on the “acrobatic” Gotipua tradition of dancing boys wearing women’s clothes. Today Oḍissi ranks almost as high as Bharata Nāṭyam, which originated in South India and was elevated to become India’s national classical dance. Both dance styles are derived from tr…

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Moser-Achuthath, Heike, “Oḍissi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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