Odissi has a unique sculptural quality, where both movement and stillness are embraced. Rhythmic footwork and fluid movements, accompanied by mudras (hand gestures) and asanas (postures), are danced to the lilt of sacred poetry and yogic hymns expressing devotion and love. The dancer draws symmetric yantra-like forms in space, which weave together heaven, earth, humanity, and the four directions. The intricacy of subtle movements, performed in unison with complex rhythms, demands heightened awareness and concentration, which can deliver the dancer and audience into a state of unwavering Presence. This Presence serves as a doorway to usher both dancer and audience into an elevated state where divine beauty and vibrant aliveness capture the heart.