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Why is it in the news?

  • Kalamandalam University has made the decision to allow boys to learn Mohiniyattam, breaking traditional gender norms associated with the dance form.

About Mohiniyattam

  • Mohiniyattam is a renowned classical dance form originating and predominantly popular in the state of Kerala, India.
  • The name “Mohiniyattam” is derived from “Mohini,” an enchantress avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, known for using feminine powers to aid in the triumph of good over evil.
  • Its roots trace back to the Natya Shastra, an ancient Sanskrit text on performing arts, adhering to the Lasya style described within, which is characterized by its delicate, feminine, and sensual qualities.
  • Traditionally, Mohiniyattam is performed solo by women who undergo extensive training in the dance form.
  • The repertoire of Mohiniyattam encompasses elements of Carnatic music, singing, and storytelling through dance. The recitation can be performed either by a separate vocalist or by the dancer herself.

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