07-08-2012 /
Shri. Raviraj
DANCE
MOHINIYATTAM

Mohiniyattam literally means the dance of the enchantress. It is the classical dance form of Kerala. Slow, graceful, swaying movements of the body, highly emotive eye and hand gestures are unique to this dance form. The simple, elegant gold-filigreed pure white or ivory cotton costume worn by the dancer is akin to the traditional attire of the women of Kerala.

Mohiniyattam is a solo dance (in a single costume) in which the striking features is the musical melody and rhythmical swaying of the dancer from side to side and the smooth unbroken flow of the body movement. The dance is focused essentially on moods and emotions.


ADAVUS OR STEPS:

A series of 40 Adavus includes

Tatti Adavu .................................. Stamping movement

Nat Adavu .................................... Heel movement

Kutt Adavu .................................. Toe movement

Andolana Adavu ........................ Swing movement

Charis .......................................... Gaits or walking movements

Mudras or Hand gestures ...... A series of 24 Mudras

 

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