Odissi, the graceful and lyrical dance form from the eastern state of Orissa, is considered to be India’s earliest regional dance styles on the basis of archaeological evidence. While this dance had become extinct for quite some time, it was reconstructed in the 1940s with the efforts of dedicated critics, dancers, scholars and musicians who set forth to re-assemble (reconstruct) this dance form, drawing upon local cultural references whilst adhering to the fundamental principles prescribed by ancient treatises on dance. Odissi’s style and technique is unique in its presentation. Famous for its lyrical grace and charm, the dance is characterized by its rounded, fluid movements, as well as the abundance in sculpturesque poses, or bhangis, bearing close resemblance to the relief sculptures of the famous temples in Odisha.