Shyamali standing on the narrow rim of a brass plate in the Thali dance. Performing the Thali dance: Standing on the sharp edged rim of a large brass plate, in 1978 (right), Shyamali flipped the candle laden smaller plates upside down in time to the dance rhythm. The plates were righted again in time on musical beats before they could fall from her hands. There are no gimmicks, like glue, or adhesives, employed to keep the plates from falling. Only concentration and practice keep the plates in place.

Acrobatic Orissi movement (center).

Abhinaya expressions are used in story telling dances (below).

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