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Institute foundation date 1st September 2017 is having a vision and mission to reach to all the aspirants of Dance & Music followers, lovers and people

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Mohiniyattam is a classical dance form that originated in the state of Kerala in southern India. It is known for its graceful movements, subtle expressions, and rhythmic footwork. Mohiniyattam is predominantly performed by women and is characterized by its lyrical and feminine style.

The name “Mohiniyattam” is derived from the words “Mohini,” meaning enchantress or seductress, and “attam,” meaning dance. The dance form is often associated with the mythical celestial enchantress, Mohini, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Mohiniyattam is a blend of both dance and theater, combining elements of both Nritta (pure dance) and Abhinaya (expressive dance). The dance movements are soft and graceful, with emphasis on hand gestures (mudras), eye movements (bhava), and facial expressions to convey emotions and tell stories. The footwork is gentle and delicate, and the dancer’s body movements often flow in a sinuous manner.

The costumes and attire of Mohiniyattam are visually appealing. The dancers traditionally wear off-white or cream-colored sarees with golden borders and ornaments. The hairstyle is usually tied up in a bun adorned with jasmine flowers, and the dancer’s eyes are highlighted with striking makeup.

The music for Mohiniyattam is based on classical Carnatic music. The traditional instruments used in accompaniment include the veena (a stringed instrument), mridangam (double-headed drum), flute, and edakka (a small drum). The lyrics of the songs are usually in the Malayalam language and revolve around themes of love, devotion, and mythology.

The repertoire of Mohiniyattam includes various compositions known as padams, javalis, and slokas. These compositions are often based on episodes from Hindu mythology or love poems. The dance style also incorporates elements of the Lasya (graceful and feminine) aspect of Indian classical dance.

Over the years, Mohiniyattam has gained recognition and popularity worldwide. Many dancers have contributed to the preservation and promotion of this beautiful dance form, blending tradition with contemporary interpretations. Today, Mohiniyattam is performed not only in traditional solo performances but also in group choreographies and collaborative productions.