Abhinaya Chandrika

Abhinaya Chandrika is a book on Odissi dance.

It was written by Maheshwara Mahapatra in 1764 CE.

Abhinaya Chandrika gives particular importance to the lasya bhava in dance.


Dance as per Abhinaya Chandrika


  1. The dancer comes to the stage.
  2. Offers pranamas to Guru, Bhumi, and instruments.
  3. Prays to Shiva.
  4. Prays to Ganesha.
  5. Offers pranama to the audience.
  6. Pallavai with svara and gita.
  7. The actual dance performance.
  8. Ending the dance with druta and ananda nritya.


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