In their efforts to re-construct Odissi, the Revivalist Gurus were deeply inspired by the beautiful sculptures in the temple walls of Odisha. Odissi gives the illusion of a Sculpture In Motion. This dance is characterized by the square stance, Chowka, denoting Lord Jagannath, the main deity of Odissi and the S shaped, Tribhangi, three bends of the body at the head, torso and knees.
In this style, the Tandava or vigorous, bold, masculine movements are interwoven with the softer, graceful, feminine Lasya movements. The Bakshachala or upper rib cage movements are skillfully combined with intrinsic foot work and typical spins. Another unique feature of Odissi is the extensive movement of the wrist and heels.