one of the most lyrical classical dance forms of India
originated in Kerala. The word ‘mohini’
stands for enchantress, a beautiful woman who seduces
for a purpose, so it is actually the dance of the
enchantress. It is deeply rooted in feminity, grace
(lasya) and beauty (sringara). Mohiniattam can be
singled out with admirable distinction, for its characteristic
body movements, marked by the graceful sway of the
torso. This enchanting dance of the enchantress is
being presented by Jayaprabha Menon who is one of
the most accomplished dancers of the new generation.
Initiated into classical dance by Smt Kalamandalam
Saraswathi, she is the disciple of Padmashree Guru
Bharathi Shivaji and has also undergone bharatanatyam
training under Smt and Shri C.V Chandrasekhar.
Her pleasing stage presence and graceful exposition
has brought new aesthetics to mohiniattam. Jayaprabha’s
widely acclaimed choreographies like Ritusamharam,
Yashodhara and Kurukshetra blends refreshing originality
with traditional discipline.
Jayaprabha Menon and Kalamandalam Manoj would be presenting
Layalahiri a production based on Geet Govindam. Layalahiri
is a combination of Kathakali and Mohiniattam, the
two major forms of Kerala. The choreography intends
to explore the points of convergence and divergence
in the two forms, Kathakali being a representation
of tandava and Mohiniattam an expression of lasya.