Modern day Odissi music owes a lot to great poet Jayadeva and his epoch making lyrical poem Gita Govinda. Ingredients of lyrical composition of Gita Govinda like raga (tune), tala(beat) etc. were introduced in the temple music which in turn over a period of time came to be known as Odissi music, as we know today.
The intimate relationship between poetry and music is the foundation on which Odissi music is based. Another important feature is the lyrics – which is sung without fragmentation or distortion. All these ingredients combine to give Odissi music its distinct identity.