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"Gotipua" is a 1997 short film directed by Gulbahar Singh.

  • edited by Ujjal Nandi
  • released in (18 years ago)
  • award: - National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Non-Feature Film), received by Gulbahar Singh


Gotipua is a traditional dance form in the state of Orissa, India, and the precursor of Odissi classical dance. It has been performed in Orissa for centuries by young boys, who dress as women to praise Jagannath and Krishna. The dance is executed by a group of boys who perform acrobatic figures inspired by the life of Radha and Krishna. The boys begin to learn the dance at an early age until adolescence, when their androgynous appearance changes. In the Oriya language Gotipua, means "single boy". Raghurajpur, Orissa is an historic village known for its Gotipua dance troupes.

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Google previewLanguid Bodies, Grounded Stances (2016)

The Curving Pathway of Neoclassical Odissi Dance by Nandini Sikand

A gotipua is a male dancer in odissi; it translates literally as “a single boy.” Kalinga is a kingdom dating from around the middle of the first century bce, whose domain is said to have included much of modern-day Odisha. Introduction □ 29.

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Scrabble value of G2O1T1I1P3U1A1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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