Mohiniattam is one of the distinctive classical dance styles of India

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Mohiniattam is mainly a lasya dance performed strictly according to the rule laid down in the Natya Sashtra.

The Mohiniattam dance

Mohiniattam is one of the distinctive classical dance styles of India. It originated in Kerala. This form had almost become extinct when it was revived by poet Vallathol Narayana Menon early this century. Since then, dancers have striven to reclaim the lost repertoire of Mohiniattam.

The main features of Mohiniattam are its exquisite feminine charm and its graceful swaying movements. It is a solo dance performed by women only. In technique Mohiniattam lies somewhere between Kathakali and Bharatnatyam. The technical structure of Mohiniattam id fairly similar to that of Bharatnatyam, but its gesture language is a fusion of elements from both Bharatnatyam and Kathakali. And again, like Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam too has items of nritta, pure dance, as well as nritya, expressional dance. Mohiniattam is mainly a lasya dance performed strictly according to the rule laid down in the Natya Sashtra. In its gesture and expression of the eve, Mohiniattam is indebted to Kathakali. If in Bhratnatyam the predominant moods are Santham and veerum, in Mohininittam it is sringaram.

Noted artists-
Those were Bharati Shivaji, Vaijayanti mala, Shanta Rao and Kanakka rale.

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