Basics of Mohiniyattam | Level I

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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.

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14 Weeks
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Dr. Rekha
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25 Years Experience
From: India
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Basics of Mohiniyattam
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Ph.D in Dance
Mysore University
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Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts

Course Details

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.



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.

Weekly Schedule

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Mon 09:30 PM - 10:15 PM America/New_York
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Thu 02:00 AM - 02:45 AM America/New_York
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Can students of all age enroll to learn the dance form? Are there any gender restrictions?
Girls aged 6 or above can join this course. Men interested to learn have to be scheduled in a different batch.
Do the students need the attire and accessories needed for Mohiniyattam to start on the basic course?
They do not need it at the beginning. Dressing up for the dance form will b e taught at a later stage.
Do the students get evaluated?
Yes, there will be periodical assessment to evaluate the students.
Do you provide students with additional course material apart from the notes and live demonstration?
Students, will be provided, theory notes, PDF’s and referential links on YouTube.
Any specific expectations from students enrolling?
Students enrolling have to be punctual to the class.
What if the student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
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.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
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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