Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rent / Hire / Buy Odissi & Bharatnatyam Costumes in New York / New Jersey / Connecticut Area

I have often been asked whether I have spare Odissi dance costumes which I can rent out to students for shows, photo-shoots, etc., so here are the details of what is available for rent/hire. Some Odissi jewelry and headdress sets are brand new and available for sale. I also have Bharatnatyam costumes available for rent, please email me for more info:

Odissi Costumes (Adults):
Side-fan style: yellow with red border (4), white with red border, pink with green border.
Gotipua style: red with purple border.
Mahari style: white with red border (2), white with purple border, grey with red border.

Odissi Costumes (Kids):
Side-fan style: yellow with red borders (3)

Odissi Jewelry & Headdress (taiyya):
12 sets available.

Bells (ghungroo):
12 pairs available.

$25-35 (depending on the number of days) to hire one full costume (including jewelry, headdress sets and ghungroo).

For further information, please email at /

Odissi Costume - in red and purple, Gotipua style

Odissi Costume - in white and red, side-fan style

Odissi Costume - in yellow and red, side-fan style

Odissi Costume - in pink and green, side-fan style

Odissi Costume - in white and red, Mahari style

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Odissi Dance Classes in New York - Manhattan & White Plains, and Connecticut - Stamford

I current hold group and private classes for beginner, intermediate and advance students at three locations - Manhattan and White Plains (NY) and Stamford (CT). 

Fee structure
Generally, $20 per class.

Email or to confirm registration for a class. You can drop in for a FREE trial class anytime.

Manhattan classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm, at  519 8th Avenue, or 12 E 32nd Street. 
White Plains classes are held on Fridays 7:00-9:00 pm and Saturdays/Sundays, 10 am - 12:30 pm, at 300 High Point Drive, Hartsdale, NY 10530.

For further information on locations and schedules, email at, or click here. 

Class Description

Odissi - Beginner I (Ages 6 years and above):  Students will learn the fundamental principles of Odissi in the style of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, including the basic steps in the two distinctive positions – Chauka (the square stance) and Tribhangi (the three-bend stance). These will be woven together with traditional hand gestures, walks, turns, neck, eye and head movements in a simple choreography – Sthayi (traditional pure dance sequence) – to create an enjoyable practice for young beginners with the aim of exposing them to the experience of performance and ensemble work. Students will also learn to chant the basic eight beat bols, and learn about the history of Odissi. 

Odissi - Beginner II:  The Chauka and Tribhangi steps set to eight to ten beat cycles will be introduced and added to the Sthayi choreography. Torso movement will be taught at this stage for each of the ten basic Chauka and Tribhangi steps. Students will also learn the choreography for a Vandana (hymn) as an introduction to Mangalacharan, the traditional invocatory piece which forms part of the Odissi repertoire. 

Anamika-Navatman Student Showcase, June 17, 2012, NYC  - 
Odissi beginner students performing Thei Thei (a simple choreoraphy for beginners using basic Odissi steps)

My Beginner 1 Class practicing a sequence of basic steps

Odissi - Intermediate:  Mangalacharan's rhythmic sequence of steps forming the Bhumi Pranam (salutation to Mother Earth) and Trikhandi Pranam (three-fold salutation to God, the Guru, and the audience) will be completed. This class will focus on learning the basic items of the Odissi repertoire – Batu Nritya and Pallavi (pure dance sequences), and Moksha (the dance of salvation which concludes a performance).

Priyadarshini in "Saundarya" - a highly-acclaimed cross-cultural dance theater