The Indian Classical artform known as Odissi can be traced back to ritual dances performed in the Temples of Ancient Northern India.
It is distinguished from other forms of classical dance by the importance it places on the Tribhangi. This is a deflected posture, which bends the body in three places, namely the head, chest and pelvis. This posture makes Odissi an extremely difficult style to execute.
When mastered, it is the epitome of grace and has a distinctively lyrical quality. Though the form can be traced back more than 2000 years, it was brought to near extinction during the colonial period. Modern Odissi dance is therefore a reconstruction, made possible by ancient writings and depictions.
Manch Pravesh is of great importance in the study of Indian classical dance. It is a public performance put on by the Shisya (student) after the Guru (teacher) feels that the necessary skills have been acquired.
In order to perform a Manch Pravesh, a student must have at least ten to 12 years training and practice. The performance itself lasts three hours and is usually divided into two parts.
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