Foundational Mohiniyattam Lessons for Beginners









by Momm Chatterjee

30 Years Experience

A senior disciple of Padma Shri Smt. Bharati Shivaji. Choreographic work in productions like Ishtara and The Ballads of Shree Rama.

US $30 per class |

for 1-on-1, 45 mins class

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Instruction Language

: English, Bengali

Course Summary

This online, live 24-week course for beginners by Mohiniyattam veteran, Momm Chatterjee, first delves into the dance form Mohiniyattam's history and background, then moves on to the various techniques and exercises required for mastering this classical art of expression. Taught by master dancer and teacher Momm Chatterjee, this course is tailored to meet the student at their learning level and style. Swaying coconut trees in the gentle breeze is reminiscent of the soft and languorous movements of Mohiniyattam—the Indian classical dance form of Kerala.

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Teacher's Profile

Momm Chatterjee

Momm Chatterjee

Experience: 30 Years

From: India

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  • Education


    Masters in Fine Arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

    Senior Disciple from Padmashree Guru Smt.Bharati Shivaji

  • Work Details

    Work Details

    Head of the Institute - Kaishiki Arts and Research Centre

About the Course

This beginner course gives the enrolled students the aim to master Mohiniyattam dance steps and use the platform as an opportunity to learn from an exponent of the dance form. 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. This online ,live course is designed for beginners, intermediate as well advanced students of Mohiniyattam, both males and females.


At the beginning of the course, each student ( beginner and intermediate) learns :

1)The background and history of this ancient dance form, its social and anthropologial background that has helped shape and evolve this dance form.


2) Special body conditioning excercises designed by me exclusively for the preparation and conditioning of the body so that it is ready for Mohiniyattam.


3)Training in Chuzhyipu or learning how to locate and loosen ones torso.


4)Teaching the hand gestures (mudras), sitting positions, gaits (charis), neck (greeva), head (shira) , eyes (drishti), and eyebrow(bhrukuti) movements relevant to Mohiniyattam, according to the Natyashastra (ancient treatise on dance music and theatre).


5)The Indian art of expression.


6) Once the basic are done, students delve into the standard steps of the dance, such as chovuda sadanams as designed by Padmashri Guru Bharathi Shivaji .


7) Adavus are then taught with detailed and painstaking effort in order to convey the minute nuances of the dance form in the best way possible.


8)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. After the successful completion of the course, students will have a greater ability to express themselves through classical Indian Mohiniyattam tradition.

Items are taught as per the chronology of the repertoire.


Taught by master dancer and teacher, Momm Chatterjee Ganguly, this course is tailored to meet the student at their basic ,intermediate as well as advanced levels.


The exclusively advanced level students have a different course:


1) Items from the repertoire on module basis(each item would come for a separate fee, including studio recorded music)


2) The training of the process of creating a choreography


3) Arranging dance (re-arranging the choreographies handed down to us by our gurus)


4) Overall grooming and presentation of a stage performance/performer.



About the teacher: Momm Chatterjee 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 Chatterjee teaches dance from her studio in Kolkata and performs at festivals all over the world.

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Available For All Age-Groups

Available For All Age-Groups

5 Online live sessions completed

5 Online live sessions completed

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