Ph.D in Dance from Mysore University
Artistic Director - Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts
This 12-week beginner course by Dr. Rekha Raju 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 practiced in temples and royal courts before it made its way into the public domain. This course will first introduce students to the ancient art form 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 the Instructor: 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 Mohiniyattam, 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 a dance school in Bangalore. Amidst this hustle and bustle, Dr.Rekha Raju successfully completed her Ph.D. in dance from Mysore University studying Margi and desi techniques of Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam.
Her apprentice and assistant faculty trainer, Keerthi Uday is currently pursuing her higher studies at Mount Carmel College (Bangalore, India). She has been learning Bharatanatyam, since she was six, under the guidance of Dr. Rekha Raju. She has also completed her Prarambhik, Praveshik Purna exams in Bharatanatyam from Bhartiya Sangeeth Prasarak Mandal (Pune), with flying colors. Keerthi is also learning the dance forms Mohiniyatam under Dr. Rekha Raju, Thalam, and Nattuvangam under Sri. Jagdeesh Janardhanan. She is one of the faculty members of Dr. Rekha Raju’s troupe and has assisted her in several workshops and major dance festivals.
This beginner introductory course provides 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 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. Such beginner courses deal with creating a strong foundation on a specific topic. The curriculum of this course is predefined and ready before the commencement of the course. This gives students a clear understanding of 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 1, ensuring that the student gets attention. A single individual enrolling for this course encourages exclusive learning from peers and personalized attention from the instructor. This course bodes well for students passionate about learning, setting them up for the long-term or advanced level of learning.
Students attending this course should be dedicated to learning the dance form. They should also have a notebook and a pen handy to take down notes during the class.