Samjukta Panigrahi along with her guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, is credited with reviving the all but extinct Odissi dance, an ancient Indian performance form from Orissa state. Odissi is solo form that combines music, song and a style of dance that includes a rich choreography with mudra hand gestures similar to those in other Indian genres such as Kathakali and pantomimic movement to convey complex narratives of love, personnel sacrifice and humankind’s relations to the gods.
...when the Goddess is invited to take her place, before the moment of worship, the yoni mudra is made since the yoni , the female organ is her pitha or yantra. The yoni can never be regarded by Tantric adept otherwise than an altar.
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