Odissi is known to be the oldest classical dance form in India on the basis of archeological evidence. Odissi originated in the Hindu temples of Odisha – an eastern coastal state of India. The theoretical foundations of Odissi trace back to the ancient Sanskrit text Natya Shastra, and its existence in antiquity evidenced by the dance poses in the sculptures of Odisha's Hindu temples, and archeological sites related to Hinduism, Buddhism and JainismIt is traditionally a dance-drama genre of performance art, where the artist(s) and musicians play out a mythical story, a spiritual message or devotional poem from the Hindu texts, using symbolic costumes, body movement, abhinaya (expressions) and mudras (gestures).

Levels Taught: Foundation, Diploma & Advanced.

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Katrina Rute

“The visual beauty of Odissi dance reminds of the dancing sculptures, and stories reflected in movement create a unique experience both for the performer and the audience.”

Katrina Rute is a versatile dancer trained in several Indian classical dance styles, with a Master’s degree testifying to a solid theoretical base in all aspects of Indian dance. Anette Pooja, Swapnokalpa Dasgupta, and Urbi Basu have been her Odissi gurus. Rute has been teaching dance for more than 15 years, giving regular classes and workshops for different age groups, as well as performing nationally and internationally for numerous cultural events and TV shows, including venues such as British Museum, Southbank Centre, The House of Commons and House of Lords.  

Veena Sankar, Odissi student says: "She’s patient, explains the dance moves clearly and ensures that the entire class moves ahead at a good pace where no one feels left behind. Her classes are relatively challenging, but also fun and creative. Highly recommend!"

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