Basics of Mohiniyattam | Level I

First Name
Dr. Rekha
Last Name
Raju
Course Summary

This beginner course in Mohiniyattam will teach students the adavus in detail alongside the different mudras used to depict different characters such as animals, insects or mythological characters. By the end of this course students would not only be aware of all the adavus or footsteps and hand gestures, they will also reap benefits of the thorough training becoming adept in the dance form, knowing how to depict six different characters and be able to present a 10 minute performance.

Course Duration
42 Weeks
Number of Students per section
2
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$36.00
per week per student
1 week =
1
sessions
1 session(s) =
45
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Dr. Rekha
Last Name
Raju
Number of years of relevant experience
25 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
basics
Basics of Mohiniyattam
Mohiniyattam
Study Details
Ph.D in Dance
Mysore University
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts

Description

This course will first educate the students on theoretical knowledge about the ancient classical dance form of Kerala, Mohiniyattam or dance of the enchantress. It will introduce to students step by step to the different aduvas or foot movements involved alongside the different hand gestures. In total the students will learn about 80 adavus or steps besides 24 hand gestures or mudras. Students will also get trained on depicting 6 different characters, ranging from an animal like the elephant, insect such as the bee or a mythological character in the form of God or others. The culmination of the course will ensure the students are in good stead to perform a 10 minute performance showcasing their skills in Mohiniyattam.

If the student wants to learn more insights on the Basic's of Mohiniyattam like basic adavus, steps or foot movements, alongside mudras or hand gestures, here is another course tailored by Dr. Rekha Raju: Basics of Mohiniyattam

About Dr. Rekha Raju: Identified as a child prodigy after entering dance school at the tender age of 3 and a half years, Rekha Raju has come a long way. After refining her skills as a bharatanatyam dancer Dr. Rekha Raju has devoted most of her time to mohiniattam, a dance form popular in Kerala. Perhaps her birth in Palakkad, Kerala could be the possible reason for her interest in Mohiniyattam. Raised in Bangalore, the gifted artist now runs Nithya Dhama, a dance school in Bangalore. Amidst this hustle and bustle Dr.Rekha Raju successfully completed her Phd in dance from Mysore University studying Margi and desi techniques of Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam.

Value Additions

As a student pursuing the ancient classical dance form, from Kerala, Mohiniyattam, you will get accustomed to the foot movements as well as the mudras, ensuring good hand and foot coordination. On the other hand the regular practise of the artform will make you physically and mentally prepared to practise and perform for long hours. It will teach you how to depict six different characters, be it an animal, insect or a mythological character such as God. This course and its learning will enable you to confidently perform Mohiniyattam, presenting a 10 minute long dance sequence.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since, long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

Students undergoing the intermediate training in Mohiniyattam under the able guidance of Dr. Rekha Raju can be sure to have a strong foundation in the ancient classical dance form. It will not just help them further their prowess in Mohiniyattam, but students interested to learn Bharatnatyam can very well pick up the other South Indian dance form with ease, for the similarity Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam share.

 

Prerequites

Students attending this course should be dedicated to learn the artform.They should have:

A notebook and pen handy to take down notes during their classes.

Schedule Weekly

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Fri 09:30 PM - 10:15 PM America/New_York
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FAQs

Question
Can students of all age enroll to learn the dance form? Are there any gender restrictions?
Answer
Girls aged 6 or above can join this course. Men interested to learn have to be scheduled in a different batch.
Question
Do the students need the attire and accessories needed for Mohiniyattam to start on the basic course?
Answer
They do not need it at the beginning. Dressing up for the dance form will b e taught at a later stage.
Question
Do the students get evaluated?
Answer
Yes, there will be periodical assessment to evaluate the students.
Question
Do you provide students with additional course material apart from the notes and live demonstration?
Answer
Students, will be provided, theory notes, PDF’s and referential links on YouTube.
Question
Any specific expectations from students enrolling?
Answer
Students enrolling have to be punctual to the class.
Question
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.

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