Viviana Corvaia

(photographer)

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📍India


Gotipua is a traditional dance form in the state of Odisha in India. It has been performed in Orissa for centuries by young boys, who dress as women to praise Jaganath and krisnha. 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 Language Gotipua, means "single boy" (goti-pua).

To transform into graceful feminine dancers the boys do not cut their hair, instead they style it into a knot and weaving garlands of flowers into it. They make up their faces with mixed white and red powder. Kajal (black eyeliner) is broadly applied around the eyes to give them an elongated look.

their training is hard and difficult and starts at an early age Gotipua is a traditional dance form in the state of Odisha in India. It has been performed in Orissa for centuries by young boys, who dress as women to praise Jaganath and krisnha. 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 Language Gotipua, means "single boy" (goti-pua).



To transform into graceful feminine dancers the boys do not cut their hair, instead they

style it into a knot and weaving garlands of flowers into it. They make up their faces with mixed white and red powder. Kajal (black eyeliner) is broadly applied around the eyes to give them an elongated look.

their training is hard and difficult and starts at an early age


I had the chance to see their performances during 2017. I remember this as something extraordinary!

_______________________________ ✐✿ WCOV


A video of Gotipua for your enjoyment:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAHtoCvqcA0



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