Smt. Gopika Verma, the renowned Mohiniattam dancer came under the direct purview of Kalamandalam Sm. Kalyani Kuttyamma. She was fortunate to learn Abhinaya, which is the quintessence of Mohiniyattam from Sri Kalamandalam Krishnana Nair, doyen of the Kathakali stage. Gopika Verma has performed exclusively at various art festivals, sabhas and temples, nationwide and internationally. Her Mohiniyattam is marked by extreme grace and fluidity of movements, transmitting radiance through expressions that at times sigh with nostalgia, purity and sanctity, while being blessed with geometrical precision and technical finesses. Love for this graceful and gentle dance of soft rhythm has enabled Gopika to transmit through movements and expression, her own personal worship of the Divine.
Mohiniyattam is a classical dance form from Kerala, India. It is one of the eight Indian classical dance forms recognized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. It is considered a very graceful form of dance meant to be performed as solo recitals by women. The term Mohiniyattam comes the words “Mohini” meaning a woman who enchants onlookers and “aattam” meaning graceful and sensuous body movements. The word “Mohiniyattam” literally means “dance of the enchantress”. The essence of Mohiniyattam is in the emphasis on “Abinaya” through which the artist directly reaches out to the rasilkas and transport them to a divine plane.
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Introduction to Mohiniyattam, Mandalams, Basic Exercises
Adavus [Chuvadu Sadhakam]
C. ‘Tha’ ganam
D. ‘Ja’ Ganam
E. ‘Dha’ ganam
Chari [ Mayyam ]
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