What is Mohiniattam?
is a semi-classical dance from Kerala which is only performed
by women. The most distinguishing features of this dance are
the gentle, flowing, rhythmic and feminine steps that the
dancer takes through the dance performance.
Origin of Mohiniattam Dance
term Mohiniattam can be broken down to "Mohini"
meaning a maiden or beautiful lady and "Attam"
meaning dance. To put it simply, Mohiniattam refers
to the dance of a beautiful woman. This dance form took its
shape during the popularity of the Devadasi system. Over time,
Mohiniattam attained the status of one of India's main classical
Dance Themes Mohiniattam
was primarily performed to express deep love and devotion
to God. The main themes of this dance form are expressions
of love for Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu. The dancer uses
her facial expressions as well as her eyes to express a number
of emotions heatfelt feelings.
Dance Costumes Unlike
other classical Indian dance costumes, the costume of Mohiniattam
dancers is simple and understated. Dancers typically wear
a white or creme saree with a bright, golden zari border.
Another important feature is the side bun decorated with white
kasmine flowers. Gold jewellery such as necklaces, anklets,
ankle bells, bangles and waist bands add greater beauty to