The history of Odissi dance over the last sixty years is the story of the life and work of Guru Mayadhar Raut. Known as one of the four pillars of Odissi, his style of Odissi (Mayadhar Raut Paddhati) is Bhava Pradhan.
The book captures the dynamic years of the 30s, 40s to the 70s in the world of Odissi. It describes, in detail, the struggle and the hardships undergone in redefining and codifying Odissi as one of the prominent classical dance forms of India. It elaborates the initial years of all the Gurus and Scholars together at Jayantika and the making of Kala Vikas Kendra. Illustrated with rare photographs, it also gives a detailed and delightful glimpse into the world of Kalakshetra.