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Mohiniyattam by Dr. Neena Prasad
 
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Disc
DVD 5
Region
ALL
Language
English
Duration
55 min
Mohiniyattam by Dr. Neena Prasad .

Mohiniattam, the classical dance of Kerala, is the dance of the Mohini, the celestial enchantress in Hindu mythology. The dance is based on the Hastha Lakshana Deepika, a treatise on hand gestures, and its lyrics are in Manipravala, a mixture of Sanskrit and Malayalam. The predominant emotive element of this dance is laasya or feminine sensuality. 

Dr. Neena Prasad learned Mohiniyattam from renowned teachers, Sugandhi, Kalamandalam Kshemavathy. . Neena Prasad is also a trained performer of Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam and Kathakali. Neena Prasad was awarded a PhD in dance from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata for her research on the various manifestations of laasya (sensuality) and tandava (the masculine and vigorous dance of Lord Shiva) in South Indian classical dance. She also received the junior fellowship from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India for her research in Mohiniyattam.

The DVD on Mohiniyattam has Neena Prasad performing

  • Cholkettu,
  • Pada varnam,
  • Thillana and
  • Ashtapadi.

The dancer invokes the blessings of Lord Ganesha in Cholkettu, traditionally performed as the first item in Mohiniyattam. Cholkettu includes the swaying movements that is typical to Laasya the predominant emotion in Mohiniyattam.  In Pada varnam we see the grief of separation that torments the Nayika (heroine). Thillana is performed as the finale in a dance recital that irradiates happiness, joy and ecstasy.  The dancer depicts the anguish of the lovelorn Radha in Ashtapadi, a part of Jayadeva’s Geetha Govinda.

 

 

 

 

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