Photography series, 2017-2019

About this project

Indian classical “Odissi” dance has kept a strong connection to its ancient temple roots. To reveal the spirituality that lies in every Odissi pose, we took Odissi back to the temples, and in the supernatural midnight ambience, we used different kinds of lights, moving them fast while the camera was shooting to create these beautiful light trails – a techniques called “light painting”.

#LightsOfOdisha is literally about shedding a new light on the arts, culture and heritage of the State of Odisha (Eastern India).


  • Concept: Avishai Léger-Tanger
  • Dancer: Mahina Khanum
  • Main lightpainters: Tushar Nayak, Sophia Simon, Gyaltsen Wangdi, Avishai Leger-Tanger
  • Main photographers: Sabyasachi Jana, Ashesh Sahoo, Avishai Leger-Tanger
  • A huge thanks to the team of Detour Odisha for the incredible support

Avishai Leger-Tanger is a digital artist whose work is inspired by the classical arts of India. His creations in collaboration with the renowned Indian classical Odissi dancer Mahina Khanum made the headlines in India and beyond.