Mohiniyattam dance transformation – You should know

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Mohiniyattam Dance

Mohiniyattam is One of the best part of Indian classical dance or folk dance of india. Which is also comes from kerala (india) like other classical dance style, this dance form found its name Mohiniyattam from mohini word, which mythical enchantress avatar of the hindu lord Vishnu.


mohiniyattam historyThe roots of mohiniyattam style also same like other classical dance form from Natya Shastra, which mean Dramaturgy – the pristine Sanskrit text on presentation arts. Even so its also follows the lasya form which is Mentioned in Natya Shastra. But it’s first anthology was well known between 200 BCE or 200 CE. but believe vary amid 500 BCE or 500 CE. The text delineate key elements or the framework of two types of dance: the strong, high power Tāṇḍava dance (Shiva) or the gent, calmingly lovely Lāsyā dance (Parvati, Shiva’s lover). Mohiniyaattam follows the frame and Objectives of the Lāsyā dance in Natya Shastra. Kerala, the only region where this dance style evolved or is plausible, has a prolonged tradition of lasya dance whose basics and framework probably at the foundation. The earliest confirmation of Mohiniyattam, or a classical dance -like dance tradition is found in temple sculptural art of Kerala. Vishnu shrine at Thrikkodithanam in 11th centenary, or Kidangoor Subramanya temple, has many statues of female artist in Mohiniyattam dance mudra. The textual vindication of 12th century onwards know that Malayalam vocalists and dramatists involved Lāsyā themes. in The 16th centenary Vyavaharamala by Nambootiri include the 1st known article of the period Mohiniyattam, in the reference of a clearance to be made to an Mohiniyattam performer. other article, Gosha Yatra, of the 17th centenary also describe the term. The 18th centenary Balarama Bharatam, a main subsidiary work on Natya Shastra part in Kerala, described numerous dance genre including Mohini Natana. In the 18th or 19th centenary, Mohiniyattam rise as a dance form received protectorate of competing royal states. In exclusive, the early 19th centenary sponsorship or structure of a unified Mohiniyattam or Bharatanatyam set of maestro by the Hindu prince, poet or music melodist Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma contributed to evolution or framework of modern Mohiniyattam.

Basic steps

Adavus step have been organize by Smt.Kalyanikutty Amma . before it there was no real stance to the Adavus. It was taken from various sources like Thiruvathirakali and old scriptures. Amma was helpful in arrange pattern to the Adavus and naming all. after that when the dance style developed multiple Mohiniyattam maestro have contributed or improve the Adavus group by Amma.

Mohiniyattam Adavus are separated into 4

  • THAGANAMS – 14
  • JAGANAMS – 6

There are some Mohiniyattam Dancers which are famous worldwide.

  1. Sunanda Nair
  2. Kalamandalam Radhika
  3. Rema Shrikant
  4. Pallavi Krishnan
  5. Aline Civinelli
  6. Kalamandalam Hymavathy
  7. Radha Dutta
  8. Sindhu Kiran
  9. Radha Marar


So finally we are going to give you some free learning resources from where you can learn Mohiniyattam Dance from anywhere or anytime because it’s our first priority to provides you free dance knowing.

  • ignousopva : the open source on YouTube for beginners you can learning basics moves from other there.
  • Irena Mihalkovich : also the another platform where you can get good knowledge of mohiniyattam dance.
  • Mohini Dance School: belongs to Mohiniyattam Dance based in Seattle, WA, USA. was founded by Smitha Krishnan and is dedicated to teaching Mohiniyattam, the classical dance form of Kerala.

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