Presented as solo recitals by woman, Mohiniyattam is a gracefully elegant classical dance form with lasya as the predominant element. It has approximately 40 basic movements, known as atavukal. The dance follows the classical text of Hastha Lakshanadeepika, which has elaborate description of mudras (gestural expressions by the hand palm and fingers).
The vocal music of Mohiniyattam involves variations in rhythmic structure known as chollu. The lyrics are in a mixture of Sanskrit and Malayalam. The dance is performed to this accompaniment by the subtle gestures and footwork of the danseuse. The performer uses the eyes in a very delicate manner to enchant the mind without enticing the senses.
Vinita Nedungadi would easily be counted among the foremost Mohinyattam artistes of our generation. After meticulous training under the tutelage of Kalamandalam Kshemavathy, Vinita started exploring new frontiers for this elegant art form without ever losing sight of the classicism that defines it. Vinita is especially noted for a portfolio of delectable choreographies based on a host of evocative Malayalam poems that adroitly blends the gestural, temporal and emotive dimensions of Mohinayattam and uses the art form as a medium to explore the soul of poetry.
Friday December 2, 2016 – 3 pm
Saturday December 3, 2016 – 2.45 pm