Mohiniyattam

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Mohiniyattam is a famous classical dance form of Kerala in India.

Dance by enchantress

Mohiniyattam is the classical dance form of Kerala. Like other dance forms, Mohiniyattam was originally a form of worship and was mainly performed in the space round the temple.

The word ‘Mohini’ means an enchantress. The dance form initiated by Lord Vishnu came to be known as Mohiniyattam. This first reference to Mohiniyattam is found in ‘Vyavaharamala’ composed by Mazhamangalam Narayanan Namboodiri, who lived in the 16th century AD.

In the 19th century, Swati Thirunal, the king of Travoncore (now a part of Kerala) did much to encourage and stabilize this art form. After him, however, Mohiniyattam sank into low condition to satisfy the sensual desires of feudal lords. Poet Vallathol again made it popular and gave it a status in modern times through the Kerala Kalamandalam, an institution that he founded in 1930. Kalyaniamma, the first dance teacher of Kalamandalam and Krishna Panicker, Madhavi Amma, helped the young minds to learn the dance form at Kalamandalam in Cheruthurithi.

Various dance postures

The theme of Mohiniyattam is love and devotion to God. Vishnu or Krishna is more often the hero of Mohiniyattam dance performances. But, he does not come in person on the stage. Mohiniyattam is exclusively done by women dancers.

The dancer’s movements are graceful and the costumes are sober and attractive. Mohiniyattam is essentially a solo dance, but it is now performed in groups also.
Beginning with Cholkettu, the dancer performs Varnam, Padam and Thillana in a concert. Mohiniyattam dancer is dressed up in beautiful white and gold-bordered Kasavu saree of Kerala.

Kasavu saree

The style of vocal music is Classical Carnatic. The lyrics composed by Maharaja Swati Tirunal and Irayiamman Thampi are in Manipravalam language-a mixture of Sanskrit and Malayalam. Mridangam and Violin provide the background music of Mohiniyattam.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
16th Jun 2011 (#)

Very interesting article, jayababy, and a well-deserved star page. Congratulations.

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author avatar jayababy
17th Jun 2011 (#)

hi Steve, Thx a lot.

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author avatar Pink&Blue
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you for this article I have been interested in Indian classical dance since my ancestors came from India. I love the art of this type of dance...

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author avatar jayababy
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Ohh, its great. Thx a lot for liking my article.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jun 2011 (#)

a cultural lesson for all, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jun 2011 (#)

a cultural lesson for all, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jun 2011 (#)

a cultural lesson for all, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jun 2011 (#)

a cultural lesson for all, thanks for sharing.

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author avatar jayababy
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Thx a lot my dear friend.

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author avatar Denise O
17th Jun 2011 (#)

I just love learning about new (to me) cultures. Well written and just spot on. I love the beautiful photos. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar jayababy
17th Jun 2011 (#)

hi denise O, I am overwhelmed. Thx a lot.

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
17th Jun 2011 (#)

I love this form of art for the pure grace it gives to each move :)

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author avatar jayababy
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Thats true. Thx for responding.

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author avatar Songbird B
17th Jun 2011 (#)

Lovely interesting article, and my heartiest congrats on attaining your Star Page too..

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author avatar jayababy
17th Jun 2011 (#)

My dearest, thx a lot for this too!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
19th Jun 2011 (#)

A true star of an article, beautiful dance and trading, thanks jayababy!

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author avatar jayababy
19th Jun 2011 (#)

hi Delicia, thx a lot. Its a wonderful experience for me to share with all of u on Wikinut.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
19th Jun 2011 (#)

reminded me of the days when I used to perform dance both mohiniyattam and bharathanatyam in schools and temples, must recover the old snaps, thanks my dear for writing this wonderful article.

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author avatar jayababy
19th Jun 2011 (#)

Yes, deeps, plz recover the old snaps and let me know.

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