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Mohiniyattam


Mohiniyattam is a traditional dance from Kerala.This is a very graceful dance meant to be performed by women.

Mohiniyattam

Mohiniyattam is a traditional dance from Kerala.This is a very graceful dance meant to be performed by women. The term Mohiniyattam comes from the words "Mohini" and "aattam" meaning graceful and sensuous body movements.


This dance which has influences and elements from two South Indian dance forms such as the Bharatanatyam and Kathakali. This was formulated in the court of king Swati Tirunal by Vadivelu, one of the Thanjavur . There are approximately 40 different basic movements, known as 'atavukal', in Mohiniyattam.

This dance form became almost extinction in the beginning of the 20th century. Sri Vallathol Narayana Menon rescued it and added in the curriculum of Kalamadalam. Smt. Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma is credited for its revival. Guru Kallyanikutty Amma cleared the mythical mystery behind the name of this dance form.

The costume includes white sari embroidered with bright golden kasavu at the edges.

The dance follows the classical text of Hastha Lakshanadeepika

The vocal music of Mohiniyattam is known as chollu. The lyrics are in Manipravalam.This is mix of Sanskrit and Malayalam.

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