Batu Choreography Review


By Application – Students must be proficient in all steppings in chowka and tribhangi  as well as Mangalacharan.  If you have not already learned Batu, you may join the class to begin the process of learning this masterpiece choreography.  However, everyone will learn in their own time and surely it takes months if not years to embody the nuances of Odissi items.

Course Length & Access:

1 Month Access / 30 days: April 15 – May 15


Pre-recorded classes and practice videos, as well as *Live real-time classes via Zoom (3 hours)

Zoom Classes:

2 MONDAYS 7-8:30 pm (EET Athens time): April 26 & May 10 *Replay for 24 hours

By Application Only:

All interested participants must submit an Odissi application in order to be considered for this course. The application button is below. 

Study Flow:

We suggest students work with 3 sections per week and try to attend at least half of the Live Zoom classes to receive feedback on their dance.  If students are not able to attend any scheduled Zoom classes, they can request a private session with Colleena.  (Please email us to book a private online session).

*Please study and memorize the material BEFORE your first class.  The breakdown of the steps is given in the pre-recorded material, live classes are for assessment and feedback.


$ 125 – 3 hours Live class,  *1 month access

Class Description:

This choreography is by Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra, and the music is set in Ekotali (4 count rhythm). ‘Batu’ Nritta is a pure dance piece named after Batuka Bharava, a furious aspect of Lord Shiva worshipped in the region of Odisha where Guruji was born. This dance portrays the musical instruments and aharya (costume) elements of Odissi.  It is considered a milestone item which all students must learn to initiate into the higher levels of Odissi dance.  Powerful geometry and sculpturesque bhangi (dance postures) bring the imagery of ancient Orissan temples to life in this energetic piece.

This online course is designed to support students’ learning process with their teacher and encourage self practice with reference materials. This is a second year choreography which includes many techniques which repeat throughout the odissi style and should only be learned after completing Mangalacharan as per SSD’s syllabus. 

The course is designed for those who have already learned this item and would like to polish their technique, as well as students learning for the first time.

This course includes both: 

  • Synchronous classes: live online courses conducted in real-time via Zoom
  • Asynchronous classes: high quality pre-recorded classes and practice videos

The pre-recorded videos imparting the steps and structure of the choreography are to be used as reference material for self practice.  The scheduled Live Zoom classes are for: receiving corrections, individual feedback,  question/answer sessions.  Please try to attend at least half of the scheduled Zoom classes with cameras on so you receive that essential feedback from your teacher.  If you cannot attend the Live sessions, please contact Colleena to schedule a private Zoom session ($25).  

The music file is not included in this course, however you may purchase it separately, please contact SSD admin.   

Materials and Study Aids Included:

  • Lecture on theoretical aspects of the dance and music
  • Unique ‘Stepping Practice’ series that relate to techniques found in this choreography.  Breakdown video explains the steps in detail while the Runthrough is for your regular practice to develop precision and stamina in the steps.
  • 5 Choreography breakdown sections
  • Run through videos to practice sections together
  • Full Run through slowly without music
  • Full Run through with music
  • Quiz at the end to assess your learning progress

In order to enroll in this course, you must submit an application. 

If we already have your application on file, please send an email to to let us know that you would like to take this course

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