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Odissi is the classical dance form which originated in Orissa, an Eastern state in India. Odissi dance, which finds mention in the Natyasastra as the ancient “Udra Nrutya”, is a distinctive dance style of the eastern state of Orissa in India. Derived from the Jagannath temple related traditions of the Mahari (Devdasi) and the Gotipua (Boy dancers), Odisssi is an important identity of Indian classical dance and is noted for its sensual “lasya” element. Like Bharatnatyam, this classical dance is also centuries old. This enchanting classical dance form of Orissa traces its origin to the temple dances of the Devdasis (temple dancers). This classical dance diligently portrays the aesthetic charm of Natya (dramatic representation) and the brilliance of Nritta (pure dance). The feature that makes this dance form unique from other classical dances of India is Tribhangi. This is the posture the dancer attains when the body bends in three parts head, bust and torso.


Profile of Rajib Bhattacharya

About Me

Dance has always been my medium of interaction with the Almighty. From a very young age, I have found it easier to express myself through my dance and now it runs through my veins. If the cycle of birth and re-birth exists, I wish to be a dancer, a performer in every birth. In fact, I can take birth only to become a dancer. I had received my initial training from Smt. Sharmila Biswas at a very young age and moved on to complete my M.A. in Odissi dance from RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY, Kolkata. When I stepped foot in the world of Odissi, I could not rest myself. I immediately knew that I have to acquire more skill and knowledge.


Achievements and Press Review


Srijan Chhanda" academy for performing arts is an institution which has dedicated its mission to the promotion of Indian Classical Dance and Music. The founder of the academy and its Artistic Director, renowned odissi exponent Shri Rajib Bhattacharya, founded the school in the year 1998. 

Keeping in mind of his Guruji Shri Kelucharan Mohapatra's aesthetical beauty and legacy towards art form, he is trying to spread the same legacy in the younger generation through rigorous efforts from past 24 years. And to behold this legacy in its purest form, Shri Rajib Bhattacharya organises Odissi Dance Workshop under the able guidance of his present guru, Shri Ratikant Mohapatra .

In the academy all the students are properly groomed and trained under the direct supervision of Shri Rajib Bhattacharya. He imparts the knowledge to the future generations and imbibes in them the nuances of Odissi dance of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Gharana and thus brings to them an interpretations of all that he has received from his mentor. Inspite of nascent origin the institution has proved to be the best. Srijan Chhanda academy for performing arts has provided immense facilities to its students in regard to Odissi Dance. 

The students of Srijan Chhanda are consistently maintaining their standard and reputation by giving prize winning performanes and secures 1st, 2nd, 3rd position every year in their annual examination from  Kolkata Charukala Society, under which the " Srijan Chhanda" academy for performing arts is affiliated. Many of the students are recipient of scholarships both junior and senior level (from Dept. of culture Govt. of India) fellow researchers and many more. It has brought many young performers in the forefront and continues to do so. Every year 'Srijan Chhanda' organises three festivals  to propagate the art , culture and literature in its true form. Among these three festivals , one is " Guru Smaranam ", another is " Rasabilasa " and the third one is a new production. "Srijan Chhanda" performs new production to provide knowledge about literature, mythology, history , our rich indian culture and tradition to the younger generation. " Srijan Chhanda " also provides opportunities for the young Odissi dancers as well as the Senior Odissi dancers those who already have set an example in the field of Odissi. Young Odissi dancers' feel motivated and inspired when they see the Seniors' to perform and as a result the young dancers' become more enthusiastic. And this is the main aim of "Srijan Chhanda". Apart from this " Srijan Chhanda " also focuses on the theoretical aspect of the dance. The director of " Srijan Chhanda" academy for performing arts, Shri Rajib Bhattacharya says" it's extremely important for a dancer to know the theoretical knowledge of the dance, it's discovery and the literature and mythology related to it , both theoretical and practical experience and knowledge makes a classical dancer a complete person in the field of dance". His views on every project he does is very profound and crystal clear and based on that he selects name for his productions. " Srijan Chhanda' s " every production is unique in its own way. Likewise the  productions " Tridhara ", " Rabi Karey Bibek Jyoti", " Hey Mor Devata", " Bhavanjali"," Srijan Chhande Jago kobi  "has set a benchmark and has added more glory to the name of the institution.   Srijan Chhanda's latest production  " Kalidasa's Ritusamhara "  has been  staged successfully  and it is going give many artistic description about Kalidasa's literary work. 

The effort of Shri Rajib Bhattacharya ,the director of " Srijan Chhanda" is really noteworthy in bringing noticable changes in the young generation dancers' and it's proof is the position secured by the students of " Srijan Chhanda" in yearly exams.