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HomeMohiniyattamBasics of Mohiniyattam | Level I

Basics of Mohiniyattam | Level I

by Dr. Rekha Raju

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This online, live, 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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    Dr. Rekha Raju

    25 Years Experience

    From: India

    • Teacher Skill Keywords:

      basics, Basics of Mohiniyattam, Mohiniyattam
    • Education

      Ph.D in Dance from Mysore University

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      Artistic Director - Nrithya Dhama Temple of Fine Arts

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    This course will first educate the students on theoretical knowledge about the ancient classical dance form of Kerala, Mohiniyattam, or the dance of the enchantress. It will introduce to students step by step 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, insects 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 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.


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