A senior disciple of Padmashree Bharati Shivaji and has performed Mohiniyattam extensively both within the country and abroad.
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Mohiniyattam is a traditional dance form of that developed and evolved in the state of Kerela. The art form revolves around graceful moves and the subtle art of expression. If you also wish to pick up this art form, these classes designed by Vinaya Narayanan will be an ideal bid for you! The all-level courses cover the technical and aesthetic aspects of this art form in a step-by-step strategised way.
Graduation from Natyadarpana, Calicut under Guru Kalamandalam Vinodini & Centre for Mohiniyattam, Delhi under Guru Padmashree Bharati Shivaji
Founder - Samarpana Mohiniyattam Kalari
These classes are designed in six levels. Those who wish to start afresh can start with level 1 and those who wish to resume from any stage of their learning can get their learning journeys customised. The following are the levels:
Level 1 - The basics of classical dance are taught. This includes Soushthavam (correct body posture for dance), the Mandala positions or Stances, Sthanakas, Padas (animal movement patterns), Eye & Eyebrow exercises, Neck exercises and Basic Hastas or Hand Symbols.
Level 2 - Body movement patterns called 'Adavus' are taught here, starting from flexibility exercises called 'Chuzhippus'. This will have subdivisions as Chuvatusadhakam, Tagamam A, Tagamam B, Jaganam, Dhaganam, Sammishran, Muttayippu & Vayttaris.
Level 3 - A detailed study of the basic 24 Hand symbols (Hastas) of Mohiniyattam, as described in the text 'Hastalakshanadeepika'. Also, a few extra usages of these symbols as followed in other relevant texts relating to the style of Mohiniyattam.
Level 4 - Theory parts relevant to Mohiniyattam, including the basic Anga Upanga terms and usages as mentioned in the text Natyasastra.
Level 5 - Tala or Rhythm patterns as observed in the Carnatic style of Music as well as the Sopana style of Music, both of which are used in Mohiniyattam.
Level 6 - Choreographies which are the beginning stage of solo or group stage performances. This level can be taught only to a student who has covered all the previous levels.
About the Teacher: Vinaya Narayanan is a senior disciple of Padmashree Bharati Shivaji and has performed Mohiniyattam extensively both within the country and abroad. She started her training in Bharatanatyam at the age of five under Kalamandalam Vinodini. Later she went on to study Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi. At the age of fifteen, she chose Mohiniyattam as her field of specialized study and went on to train under her present Guru, Padmashree Bharati Shivaji.
Vinaya is a recipient of the scholarship for Mohiniyattam, sponsored by the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India and works closely with Guru Bharati Shivaji in the activities of the Centre for Mohiniyattam.
Vinaya’s major performances include the ones in Music Academy, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and Narada Gana Sabha in Chennai, Teen Murti Bhavan and Republic Day Celebrations in Delhi, Taramati Bardan in Hyderabad, Ananya Dance Festival in Delhi, the South East Asian countries of Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia on an official visit of the Vice President of India to these countries, at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and at St. Petersburg in Russia, at New York, Connecticut and Philadelphia in the U.S.A., KSNA Programs in Kerala, Konarak Festival, Hampi Festival, Programs in Japan & Germany, Make in India Program at Germany etc.
Vinaya is a dedicated & passionate teacher as well as a performer. She believes in a holistic approach towards learning classical art forms and therefore encourages students to learn allied art forms also, in order to understand the basics of the art form.
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Each level has its own benefits
Level 1 allows the student to understand the basic terminologies used while teaching, and its application.
Level 2 introduces the student to the body movement patterns in Mohiniyattam, thereby acquiring the necessary flexibility.
Level 3 makes the student learn the language of Hand gestures used in Mohiniyattam, which gives the confidence to the students to convey ideas using it on their own.
Level 4 gives the added theory knowledge to the student regarding the style Mohiniyattam and also gives the basic understanding of the terminologies used in the text Natyasastra.
Level 5 makes the student proficient in handling the Talas or Rhythmic patterns followed in Carnatic Music as well as the Sopana style of Music ( Kerala tradition of Music )
Level 6 moulds the student into a professional dancer, enabling him or her to handle choreographies for solo or group stage performances. Further assistance can be given in creating new choreographies on their own.
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Level 1 course is meant for an absolute beginner, who has a liking for the style of Mohiniyattam and wants to explore it further. All other levels can be learnt one after the other in progression.
Classical dance is best studied in progression. A basic level of professionalism is achieved only after spending a minimum of 6 years of continuous study. It can be said that there's no end to perfecting oneself, as there are different layers to discover as one progresses in learning. So it's a lifelong journey for serious learners.
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