Odissi is one of the finest form of Indian Classical Dances. Evolved from spiritual consciousness, Odissi formed an essential part of the ritualistic services in the shrines of Orissa. Devotional in spirit, this dance is marked with elaborate grace and ethereal charm revealed through rounded-liquid movements. This form is characterized by tribhanga (three bent) poses and chowka (the square stance). Odissi repertoire is expressed with marvelous lyrical quality combined with Nrutta (pure dance) , Nrutya (pure dance and action) and Natya (dramatic expressions).
Dipti Abhilasha, an Odissi performer, is a disciple of Dr. Minati Mishra, the Director of Indian Art Research Center, Orissa. Dr. Mishra is a legendary Guru of Odissi who pioneered the Odissi movement. Dipti started dancing Bharatanatyam since the age of eleven under Vidushi Smt. Nandini Eshwar, founder and director of Raasavrunda School of Dance, Mysore, India. She has learnt the north-east Indian dance form Manipuri under Guruji Valmiki Banerjee. She was blessed by Smt. Nupur Chaterjee, who introduced her to Odissi.
Dipti was invited to perform at the International Dance Festival in Dusseldorf, Germany. One of the feather in her cap includes her performance at the Nehru Centre, London. She has also widely performed in France, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, UAE and USA.
Her icon Shanti Mantra which is a combination of Yoga, Dance and Karanas was choreographed by Sri. Rohita Eshwar as a creative dance. KARANAS are the basics of all the Indian Classical Dances, which form a unique patronage in tradition, seen in Indian sculpture art. There are hundred and eight Karanas in total compiled by Bharatha in the Upaveda, Natyashastra. Indian dance, known for its grace and sanctity assumes a special form in this type of dancing enriched with the difficult postures of Karanas leading connoisseurs to the paramount peak of eternity. This art is bestowed upon the dedicated practice of Dance and Yoga and the knowledge of rich Indian Culture, which is thrust upon very few.
Special choreographies in this scenario are Shantimantra, Lehar Yog, Colour of Love, Kamayani, Swar Lehari, Suvarna Swatantrya, Naayika and Deepanjali.
Dipti extended her skills learning folk arts from known artistes in India. She learnt Kamsale - the Folk Art of Karnataka from Sri. Kamsale Kumaraswamy, Puja Kunitha and Pata Kunitha from Sri. Devaraja, and Naga from Guruji Valmiki Banerjee.