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Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Mesmerizing evening of Mohiniyattam

Padmashri Bharati Shivaji is a synonymous name to the art of Mohiniyattam, a classical dance form from Kerala. Literally meaning "the dance of the enchantress- Mohini", the dance is deeply rooted in femininity, Lasya (grace) and Sringara (beauty) forming the quintessence of this dance form. It was an unforgettable experience to be present at her mesmerizing performance on some of the episodes from ancient Indian literature. "Mohini" is presented as a philosophy of return to the poise, an equilibrium in life. When hassles of life, confronting ups and downs, lead to a weariness- a passionless feel drops upon, Mohini appears in any form, takes away to a frolic joy and a joyous serenity, and revives the heart to face life again. Mohini- she is a deity, a friend, a beloved, a mother...

The concert took place on 18th Feb., in the auditorium of Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. She presented "Bal-Ganapati", a sopan from "Geet-Govindam", "Omanathinkal Kidavo" a lullaby in Malayalam composed by Irayimman Thampi and several others. Sadanam Rajagopalan (vocal), Srikumar (edakka), Jayant Das (mrudangam and mardalam) and Shyamala Bhaskar (veena) accompanied her to a perfect synchrony.



Geeta-Govindam Sopan:


Omanathinkal Kidavo- a Lullaby:


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