To perfect an art form like Mohiniyattam, a dancer needs rigorous and continuous practicing. But it has to be done with caution.

No learning is complete without recall. So far, we learnt along with history, much about pure dance patterns such as Adavu and Chari. This article will help one recall correction and the care one needs to keep in mind while practicing pure dance.

Mohiniyattam movement is circular by nature. This circular movement is observed in the movements of torso, limbs, arms and wrists. The circles are intricate and obvious but they are not independent of each other. All the circular movements of the mentioned various parts of the body move in unison.

This can be clearly observed in the following video.

The video also clarifies certain observations that one needs to practice. These include:

  • Maintaining hand and limb alignment
  • Stances in mohiniyattam
  • Arm movements
  • Wrists movement
Assisted by Sreekanth Janardhanan

Photo Courtesy: Natanakairali Archives

Video Clipping: Ms. Anju Peter and Ms. Ameena Shanavas


Guru Nirmala Paniker is a danseuse, choreographer and researcher of repute. She established Natanakaisiki, the dance research and training wing of Natanakairali.

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