Dance is a celebration of the divinity of being. In India the art of Dance is a result of thousands of years of refinement and countless cycles of artists and Gurus. Odissi invokes the grace of Lord Jagannatha, the Lord of the Universe, another attribute to Vishnu. Orissa is known as the land of temples and Odissi became an inseparable part of the rituals of the temple since the 9th Century. Odissi dance reflects the sculpturesque poses of temples dating back to the second century, B.C. in the rounded curves and flexions of the style, especially the
"Tribanga" or "triple-bend" pose.
The fact that this dance has survived so many centuries and has a vitality for us today illustrates how human nature continues to present universal truths through our arts. This is an art not only for connoisseurs, but is intended for all the people to enjoy, to embrace and to share.
Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra is the primary
architect in the revival of classical Odissi dance over the
past half-century. Past
75 years, he is the undisputed master performing artist,
choreographer, teacher and percussionist of Odissi dance.
He has received every possible award, has trained most
of the leading exponents of the form and is the revered and
respected for his genius as an artist all over the world.
Sharon had the privilege to study with Kelubabu from
1975 and having Kelubabu present her Odissi and Manipuri
performance in Orissa in 1976. He has accompanied her on pakawaj for performances
around India and on tour in the U S during the Festival of
India – USA and performed together at the Metropolitan
Museum in NYC.