Odissi is one of the most ancient classical Indian dances and one of the eight traditional dance forms described in the "Natya Shastra," the ancient text on Indian performing arts. It comes from the state of Orissa in India; therefore, it is known as Orissi dance as well. This dance was highly supressed during the colonial period as its sensuality made the British colonists uncomfortable.
Odissi combines powerful and masculine footwork called tandava, with beautiful smooth and feminine poses and motions called lasya. It is almost always religious, most often dedicated to a deity. One of the strongest features of this dance is tribhanga, or three body bends in the neck, waist and knees. Odissi dance includes many elements and poses from Natya yoga: the yoga of dance.