Bhumi refers to the Mother Earth. Bhumi Pranam means Salutations to Mother Earth. It is used at the start and finish of the Odissi dance practice.
We salute the Mother earth at the beginning of the dance seeking permission to stamp upon her in creating our dance. We once again do the Bhumi Pranam to thank her at the end of our practice, for allowing us to do so.
BHUMI PRANAM BOL:
Tari Kita Dhi Thalanga Tatha Take Tha Tatha Take Tha Ta Jham Ta Kiti Taka Gadi Gana Thei