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Justine Lemos (Odissi Classical Indian Dance)
October 3, 2015 @ 2:55 pm - 3:15 pm
Odissi is believed to be the oldest surviving dance form of India, and is depicted in cave carvings dating back to about 200 BCE. Known for its lyrical movements, subdued sensuality, and elegance, Odissi Dance is one of the seven main forms of Indian classical dance. Rooted in the religion and customs of the eastern Indian state of Orissa (now called Odisha), the style is linked to both the dances of the devadasi (women who were married to the God in temples there) and the dances of gotipuas (young boys who dress as women and dance outside of temples). The traditional repertoire of Odissi dance includes Mangalacharan (offering), Batu Nritya (vigorous dance dedicated to Shiva), Ashtapadi (usually poetry from the Gita Govinda), Pallavi (abstract dance) and Moksha (liberation).
Justine has studied Odissi dance with Guru Ranjanaa Devi since 1995. She has performed with Devi’s company throughout the United States and in Japan. With the permission of her Guru Justine currently teaches Odissi dance in the style of Guru Ranjanaa Devi (of the Mayadhar Raut lineage) at Nataraj West (fiscally sponsored 501c3) in Mendocino, CA. Justine regularly performs with Nataraj Dancers, and also bi-annually in Mendocino. justineLemos.com