THE CONTRIBUTION OF ODISSI TO JAGANNATH CULT

MANORANJAN PRADHAN

Abstract


Odisha has a glorious tradition of Odissi dance and music associated with Jagannath cult.  The prime hypothesis of this research paper is to evaluate the contributions of several elements Odissi to Jagannath cult. The main focus of this research paper is on measuring the Odissi traditions for the continuity and development of Jagannath cult. The intimate relationship experienced between the poetry and music in Odissi is a feature on which the aesthetics of the style is built. Odissi music gives great importance to the lyric where words are required to be sung without fragmentation or distortion. The figures or dancers musicians Carved on ancient temple walls speak of Odisha's rich cultural heritage. Odissi songs traditionally depict the love and frolics of Radha and Krishna. Odissi dance is usually performed to the accompaniment of Odissi music. Originally, this music was performed to the dance of the Maharis (Devadasis) at the Jagannath temple, and was later sung to dances by young boys, Gotipuas, performing Odissi dance. The Odissi music of today has evolved from the style of Gotipua music. Odissi as we know today reflects a process of reconstruction that began after Independence. It retains elements of both Mahari and Gotipua dance and also incorporates the allied art forms of Odisha closely associated with the great Jagannath cult.

Keywords


Odissi, Jagannath, Music, Jayadev, Cult, Temple.

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