Pratibha Jena Singh, Odissi Dancer

Pratibha Jena Singh, Odissi Dancer

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From the Eastern Coastal State of Orissa, India, the Odissi tradition dates back to the 2nd Century BC. It was codified as a performance art and a Classical Indian Dance style by a team of gurus some 50 years ago. Pratibha Jena Singh embodies her late father's unique style of choreography perfectly!


Guru Jena's compositions are steeped in BHAV, or devotional expression of love. "Pratibha Jena Singh has a radiant, joyous stage personality. She undertakes basic positions with clarity, and is neat in her rendition...her dance has an openness which helps her flower on the stage," says Times of India.


Archival footage of Guru S.N. Jena and his 3 daughters and 1 son, all dancers, are available for viewing at the Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi, the organization presenting a National Award by the President of India in 2007 for Guru Jena's excellent lifetime achievement in Odissi Dance.

Set List

The repertoire is vast, but each program has at least 4 items ranging from 8 to 20 minutes each, with announcements describing the story to be enacted in each dance, and some lecture-demonstration type part of the program so that an audience becomes familiar with the hand gestures, facial expressions, and body language used to tell the stories, mostly from Hindu Mythology.