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The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam– Part 10

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam– Part 10

Sankaracharya mentions the lasya or grace of the Goddess in several of his verses, while the recurring theme of Mohiniyattam - the pain of a Nayika separated from the Nayaka, can be metaphorically compared to Jīvātma yearning to be reunited with the Paramātma.

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Vintage Vignettes: V.S.N. on Parur Sundaram Iyer

Vintage Vignettes: V.S.N. on Parur Sundaram Iyer

Violinist Parur Sundaram Iyer was popular among all kinds of music connoisseurs owing to his knowledge of both oriental and occidental styles of music, wrote V. S. Namboothiripad, Kerala’s first music critic, in 1954, specifically mentioning the violinist’s visit to Kabul in Afghanistan as a representative of Indian music

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The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam– Part 9

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam– Part 9

The manuals for several Kerala art forms like Koodiyāṭṭaṁ and Nangiārkūttụ are said to have been formed during the age of the Kulasekharas, who followed the Chera dynasty in Kerala. The current day Mohiniyattam can be considered a dance form in the lasya style which imbibed the core principles of many ancient dance forms of Chera influence

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The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam– Part 8

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam– Part 8

The author traces the origins of dance forms involving solo performances by women, such as Mohiniyattam, Thiruvathirakkali and Nangiarkoothu, to folk art forms revolving around the worship of the Mother Goddess and kavus (sacred groves) Dance forms rooted in folk cultures   The worship of Mother Goddess existed through the length and breadth of Kerala in...

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Sringara: A Path to Devotion- Part 11

Sringara: A Path to Devotion- Part 11

While expatiating on the application of Sringara rasa and bhakti in dance, the writer underscores the responsibility on the part of the dancer to draw up the presentation taking into consideration the audience in front of her/him  It may leave apprehensions in the minds of connoisseurs and critics as to how the desired effect of Bhakti or aesthetic sense...

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Vintage Vignettes: V.S.N on T. Choudiah

Vintage Vignettes: V.S.N on T. Choudiah

Choudiah was equally skilled in solo performances and accompaniment, while his mastery over the phono-violin was appreciated even by his critics, wrote V. S. Namboothiripad, Kerala’s first music critic, in 1954.

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The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam-Part 7

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam-Part 7

There are distinct similarities between the lasya movements and the juggling techniques with a ball, described in the dance performances in the seventh century work Daśhakumāracharitaṁ, and Kerala dance forms like Mohiniyattam and Thiruvathirakkali.