Course Duration16 Weeks
Ph.D in Dance from Mysore University
Artistic Director - Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts
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.
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.
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 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.
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.