A dance fusion choreography to welcome Dignitaries

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 @ The Leela Kovalam


Kathakali is a major art form of classical Indian Dance which originated in Kerala. The term ‘Kathakali’ is derived from ‘Katha’ means story or a conversation and ‘Kali’ which means ‘Performance’ or ‘Play’ and thus the term Dance Drama. Vivid and elegant in its characteristic ‘Mudras’ (Hand Signs), natural and impressive in gesture, graceful and rhythmic in movement, pleasing in choreography and above all delightful in wealth of imagery and thus makes it a complete art form.


It is a traditional performing art form in the State of Kerala and is a combination of ancient Sanskrit Theatre with elements of ‘Kooth’, an ancient performing art from Sangam Era. Literarily Koodiyattam means “Dancing together” which is thought to refer to the presence of Multiple actors who act in rhythm with the beats of Mizhavu drummers. The main musical instruments used in Koodiyattam are the “Mizhavu” (Large copper drum), Kuzhithalam (a Type cymbol), Idakka (Hour glass shaped drum similar to Damaru), Karumkuzhal (Mughaveena-A traditional double reed wind instrument of Kerala), and Sankhu (Conch). Koodiyattam is perhaps the oldest dance-drama in existence in India and is officially recognized as a “Master Piece of the oral and Intangible heritage of humanity.”


Mohiniyattam , one of the classical dance forms of India, originated and developed in the State of Kerala. The dance is performed normally by woman in honour of the Hindu God Mahavishnu in his incarnation as the enchantress ‘Mohini.’The slow, graceful and elaborate movement vocabulary of Mohiniyattam along with its distinctive emoting methodology and distinctive music system, gives it an identity different from that of the other classical dance forms of India. The body movements are emphasized by the sways, glides and the up and down movement on toes, like the waves of the sea and the swaying of the palm trees and the paddy fields. The Abhinaya or acting mode in the dance form is Ekaharya Abhinaya which means portraying stories and different characters by a single dancer. A simple traditional white cotton sari, bordered with golden brocade (kasavu), is worn by the dancer to transform pristine physical body movements into a subtle but effective medium of communicating movements, emotions, expressions, and stories.Mohiniyattam was primarily performed as a female solo dance form, but in the 21st century it may also be performed irrespective of gender and is performed both as solo form and as group choreograph