Mohiniyattam Dance Class for Beginners

First Name
Momm
Last Name
Chatterjee
Course Summary

Swaying coconut trees in the gentle breeze is reminiscent of the soft and languorous movements of Mohiniyattam—the Indian classical dance form of Kerala. This 12-week course for beginners first delves into Mohiniyattam dance history and background, then moves on to the techniques and exercises required for mastering this classical art of expression. Taught by master dancer and teacher Momm Ganguly, this course is tailored to meet the student at their learning level and style.

Course Duration
12 Weeks
Number of Students per section
3
Course Level
Beginner
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$60.00
per week per student
1 week =
1
sessions
1 session(s) =
120
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

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Instructor
First Name
Momm
Last Name
Chatterjee
Number of years of relevant experience
30 Years
Teacher skill Keywords
Basics of Mohiniyattam
Mohiniyattam
Study Details
Masters in Fine Arts
Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
Senior Disciple
Padmashree Guru Smt.Bharati Shivaji
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
Kaishiki Arts and Research Centre

Description

This course gives students wanting to master Mohiniyattam dance steps an opportunity to learn from an expert. Literally meaning “the Dance of the Enchantress,” this ancient form of artistic expression is rooted in femininity, grace, and beauty. Hailing from South India, Mohiniyattam is known for its distinctive swaying of the torso combined with subtle glances, posture, and gait. Each lesson lasts approximately two hours with a total of 12 lessons. The course material for each lesson is carefully designed by Momm Ganguly based on her practised teachings per the progress and capacity of each student. 

At the beginning of the course, each student learns the background and history of this ancient dance form, followed by exercises designed by the teacher to prepare the student for abhinaya—the Indian art of expression. Once the basics of body language, facial and eye movements are practised, students delve into the standard steps of the dance, such as chovudas and adavus. As the course progresses, pieces of classical music in the Sopana style are introduced as students are instructed on how to flow from one movement to another naturally. At the successful completion of the course, students will have a greater ability to express themselves through classical Indian Mohiniyattam tradition.

 

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 3 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. Sinc 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.

About the teacher: Momm Ganguly is a renowned classical dancer and accomplished performer, both at home and abroad. Hailing from a Bengali family of musicians and dancers, Momm began training at an early age with Guru Shakti Nag, and later with Padmashree Guru Smt Bharati Shivaji of Delhi. She holds a master’s of fine arts degree in dance from Rabindra Bharati University and has been performing classical Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dances for over three decades. Her facial expressions, supple body movements, and striking stage presence make her a dancer in the truest sense of the word. Currently, Momm Ganguly teaches dance from her studio in Kolkata and performs at festivals all over the world.

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.

This course is dedicated only to female students.

Schedule Weekly

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Section A
Mon 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM America/New_York
3 Seats
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Section B
Thu 09:30 PM - 11:30 PM America/New_York
3 Seats
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Section D
Sat 03:30 AM - 05:30 AM America/New_York
3 Seats
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Section C
Wed 05:30 AM - 07:30 AM America/New_York
3 Seats
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FAQs

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 be taught at a later stage.
Question
Do the students get evaluated?
Answer
Yes, there will be a 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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