From Russia With Love: Taking Odissi Abroad

by Taiisia Shpulnikova

Photo Courtesy: Debiprasad Sahoo

Photo Courtesy: Debiprasad Sahoo

Modern Odissi, despite being a fairly young dance form, has experienced worldwide popularity in a relatively short period of time. Established dance schools in Bhubaneswar attract new students from around the world every year. The number of regular returning students is growing exponentially. A significant proportion of these regular students come from Russia. As an Odissi dancer based in Moscow, I feel there is much to be shared from our collective experiences as a community of Odissi dancers, teachers and ultimately, promoters of the style abroad. [Read more…]