The classical dance form Mohiniyattam was performed during an event at JIM Indore.
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore organized an amazing classical dance eve in collaboration with SPIC MACAY.
SPIC MACAY seeks to conserve and promote Indian culture. This time it introduced Jaipurians with one of the Indian classical dance forms, Mohiniyattam. It is a classical dance form of Kerala, believed to be originated in 16th century it is one of the eight Indian Classical dance forms recognized by Sangeet Natak Academy.
One of the torchbearers of current generation is Smt. Saji Menon. She holds a Master’s degree on Performing Arts with first class distinction and has been conducting her own Mohiniyattam Dance institute “Kanakam Nrityam Academy” since 2002. She has performed in India and abroad and has won innumerable recognition for her dedication. She has won many awards such as Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, Singar Mani Award, Nritya Shiromani award, Natya Druma Puraskar etc.
An artist is incomplete without a good team. Shri Balasubramanian R Sarma on Violin, Shri K. N. P. Nambisan on Mridangam and Eddakya and Shri Shiv Prasad as vocalist have been accompanying her since last 20 years and accompanied her on the day.
All the guests were introduced and welcomed by Dr. Rekha Attri on behalf of Jaipuria Institute of Management. Further Smt. Menon told about the history of Mohiniyattam and how it has been inspired from the dance of Devi Durga after Mahishasur Mardan. She informed students about different Mudras such as Sun, Ganesha and Elephant. She started the performance with Lord Ganesha Vandana dedicated to one of the legendry poet of Kerala.
Later she said that the ‘Twenty four Hastas’ can demonstrate anything and everything in the world. She talked about the ‘Eleven Rasas’. Sringar, Hasya, Karuna, Raudra, Veer, Bhay, Vibhatsh, Adbhuta, Saanth, Vatsalya and Bhakti Rasa.She presented a padma and nritya to demonstrate the Rasas.
Smt. Menon thanked Jaipuria for being an amazing audience. She thanked Director, Dr. Harshvardhan Halve for providing the opportunity to interact with students and Dr. Rekha Attri for conducting the program efficiently. She praised the beauty and serenity of Jaipuria Indore Campus and said it has potential to inspire the artists.
Dr. Rekha Attri presented the vote of thanks. She thanked Smt. Menon along with her team for a breathtaking performance, which had delighted every viewer’s soul. The new batch of Jaipuria was very happy to join this program, as this was refreshing and new experience for them.
Source: Shilpi Shristy, HTCampus Specialist
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