Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts


Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites
Sulakshana Sen General 4 None

 Brief Overview 

Based on archaeological evidence, Odissi can be said to be one of the oldest classical dance forms of India. Bas reliefs in the hills of Udaygiri, dating back to 1st century BCE attests the form’s antiquity. The dance form, referred to as Odra-Magadhi in the Natya Shastra, implies that it is almost 2000 years old.

The dance form was suppressed during the British Raj and was re-constructed only post-independence. It was accorded the status of the 5th Classical Dance form of India only in 1958 due to the efforts of dance critics, scholars, and exponents of the dance form. 

 Course Objectives 

This course will –

  • Sketch the evolution of Odissi as a dance form
  • Illustrate the basics of the dance form
  • Teach students to interpret lyrics through mudras and navarasa 

  Teaching Methodology 

  • Use of articles, news clipping, videos, etc. to further explain concepts i.e. enable a practical understanding of the concepts.
  • Actual practical teaching of all the theory taught, i.e. the dance form itself


Students are expected to –

  • Complete all required reading for each scheduled class as per the course outline,
  • Actively participate in class activities and discussions, and
  • Complete all evaluative processes for successful course completion!