There’s a lot about the classical performance that’s different– there is group choreography rather than a solo performance, the moves are high-intensity, there are multimedia graphics and dramatic lighting - Ramli Ibrahim
Of India’s major classical dances, many would argue that Odissi has changed the least. Sure, the devotional form once performed by temple devadasis now includes male dancers. There are more acrobatic moves too. But performances tend to be measured by how well one adheres to a traditional template.
Ushering in change is Malaysian Odissi exponent Ramli Ibrahim, who debuts his show Odissi on High, kicking off an India tour at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) on May 9. There’s a lot Ibrahim does differently – there is group choreography rather than a solo performance, the moves are high-intensity, there are multimedia graphics and dramatic lighting. Even the costumes are a surprise. His women performers wear the top and dhoti, rather than the traditional sari. Read more here : Odissi on High: A Malaysian stalwart brings modern steps to a classical form