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Certificate Foundation course in Mohiniyattam

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Duration: 90-120mins
Lectures: 36

This is a 12 week 36 classes certificate course 90-120mins

Minimum 10 aspirants are required



The Mohiniyattam foundation course runs on the platform of Music Meleti that will commence in October will give the learner a good grounding in the technique of the dance of Mohiniyattam, a dance that originated in the South-Western coastal belt of India. The dance manifests the essence of grace and the feminine principle through movement features such as continuity and flow, circularity, and grounded-ness.

The course will begin with preparatory exercises to facilitate the body to imbibe the Mohiniyattam language and will cover the chuzhippus (the circular exercises of the torso) and the chuvadusadhakams (the body movement exercises combined with the footwork. Following this, the basic movement motifs in the dance known as adavus will be taught. A unique aspect of the course is that the best movement practices of distinct schools of Mohiniyattam will be covered.

While inculcating the technique of the dance form in the learner, as a physical practice the movement sequences will also:

  • improve coordination, balance and sense of rhythm
  • create greater body awareness through posture and alignment
  • improve flexibility and help to develop core strength
  • enable grace of movement
  • learn precise techniques of different movement patterns created by the body in space
  • Increase flexibility and stamina through stretching and dance      

The course will also cover the basic hand gestures used in the dance, preparing the student for the more advanced learning of the gestural language used in the dance. It will initiate students into the rhythmic patterns used through the recitation of the chorus or syllables used in rhythm.

Further, the dance is also characterised by an emphasis on the eyes and facial expressions prompted by the total involvement of the mind. Exercises for the eyes and facial features to improve mobility and basic exercises in abhinaya will be covered. These exercises will encourage learners to use their imagination and enhance the expressivity of the face.

Depending on the progress of the students, a shloka and one or more movement segments known as jathis/ or a cholkettu, an invocatory dance will be taught. The course will end in an evaluation session by a senior Mohiniyattam Guru and the instructor leading to the certification.

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