Basics of Mohiniyattam

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Dr. Rekha
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Course Summary

This course is an introductory course for students interested to learn the ancient classical dance form of Kerala known as Mohiniyattam. It would teach student the basic adavus, steps or foot movements, alongside mudras or hand gestures. This course would culminate with the teacher preparing her students for a performance, rendered to a shloka. By the end of this course, students would have learnt some of the basic adavus or foot steps, alongside a selected few mudras or hand gestures.

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

Course Details

This course is aimed towards getting interested students attuned to learning the ancient dance form from Kerala, known as Mohiniyattam. Mohiniyattam or the dance of the enchantress was first practised in temples and royal courts before it made its way into the public domain. This course will first introduce students to the ancient artform and its emergence. This will be followed by the teacher teaching students 20 basic adavus, steps or foot movements to initiate learning mohiniyattam alongside teaching students the main mudras. By the end of the course students will be taught to perform, using aduvas and mudras to a shloka rendered by the teacher.

After successful completion of this course, students can gear themselves for the next course by Dr. Rekha Raju: Basics of Mohiniyattam | Level I

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

This beginners course in mohiniyattam will bring about the physical flexibility and mental understanding required to follow and perform the ancient art form of Mohiniyattam, as advised by the teacher. It will not just serve as an ideal introduction to the dance form but will also be a propeller for you to pursue learning Mohiniyattam in the advanced stages.


The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this short term course on ipassio have the advantage of getting introduced to or learn the intricacies of an art form, from an experienced exponent of the art. Long term courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The syllabus of Long term course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students a clear understanding about the knowledge they will gain in the stipulated period of time, helping them in their planning and decision making. The class strength is limited to 3, ensuring that each student gets attention. A set of 3 individuals enrolling for a short term course encourages learning from peers and social interaction. This course bodes good for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long term or advance level of learning.


Course Specific Benefits

This course provides for the perfect base for students keen on learning Mohiniyattam, Kerala’s ancient classical dance form. It teaches them the basic adavus or foot movements alongside the basic mudras that sets them on way to learning the dance form in depth.


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

Also, they should have a notebook and pen handy to take down notes during the class.

Weekly Schedule

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Mon 05:30 PM - 06:15 PM America/New_York
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Wed 01:00 AM - 01:45 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 be taught at a later stage.
Will the students be educated on the history of the dance form?
Yes, there will be theory sessions which will speak about the history of the dance form.
Do the students get evaluated?
Yes, there will be periodical assessment to evaluate the students.
Do students get 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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