In continuation with Samavesh 2011, Lasyatarangini an online forum for Mohiniyattam, together with Alliance Francaise of Madras, is putting together an event, Samavesh II this season.
It runs from Jan 7 to 13 and will tell the story of Mohiniyattam..
Samavesh II takes you through with a Pictorial Essay of the art form and talks and lecture
demonstrations by eminent Mohiniyattam scholars and artistes.
The event will be inaugurated on 7Th January at 11am at Alliance Francaise.
Kalamandalam Kususm Gopalakrishnan will give the key note address.
This will be followed by a lec-dem on Mohiniyattam by guru Sreedevi Rajan and Smitha Rajan, daughter and grand daughter of the doyenne of Mohiniyattam “Kalyanikuttiyamma”.
They will enlighten the guests on their guru Kalamandalam Kalyanikuttiyamma and how they keep this tradition alive even today.
Smitha Rajan is one of India's finest and internationally acclaimed Mohiniyattam performers. Sreedevi Rajan is also a renowned dancer.
There will be talks on the various facets of the dance from 11th to 13th.
The Journey of Music in Mohiniyattam will be explored on 11th morning with a lecture demonstration by Nanditha Prabhu, daughter and disciple of Mohiniyattam exponent guru Kalamandalam Sugandhi.
Nanditha Prabhu is a dancer and research scholar who is at present unravelling the intricate and almost extinct rhythms of Kerala.
This will be followed by an intimate talk by a senior Mohiniyattam artiste, Kalamandalam Kusumam Gopalakrishna who learnt at Kerala Kalamandalam during 1961 to 1963 while Guru Chinnammuamma was teaching the dance form.
She will share her five decades of association with the dance form and memories of her encounters with the foremost Mohiniyattam pupil at Kerala Kalamandalam, Thankamaniamma.
12th January will see the global journey of Mohiniyattam by dancers Euginea Carillo from Spain and Anne Dietrich from Germany.
Both of them have embraced Mohiniyattam enamoured by the lyrical beauty of the dance. Various experiences while learning and later propagating this dance form in their own native lands to uninitiated audience will be shared.
This will be followed by the screening of a documentary by Bharati Sivaji, which shows the evolution of Mohiniyattam in the latter half of the last century.
On 13th January, there is a lecture demonstration by Mohiniyattam exponent Pallavi Krishnan, an alumnus of the two most reputed art academies, Shantiniketan and Kerala Kalamandalam.
Samavesh, the Mohiniyattam Collective is supported by Upasana Foundation, Texas USA and Nrityasree Foundation, Palakkad. The photo exhibition will be open from 7th to 13th January.
Venue : Alliance Francaise, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600006. Phone: 91 44 28279803. All are welcome.