Mohiniyattam is a graceful dance that is typically performed by women. “Mohini” refers to a temptress in Hindu divinity, who uses her feminine powers to overcome evil; the movements of the dance are believed to be gentle and sweeping to reflect Mohini's actions. Facial expression and gestures are comparatively more important in Mohiniyattam than in other forms of Indian dance, as performers attempt to act out the lyrics of the songs. Hand gestures ("mudras"), are especially important movements in this dance. Mohiniyattam dances usually consist of five parts: a Cholkettu, a Jatrisvaram, a Varnam, a Padam and a Tillana. The dance is usually accompanied by classical Indian music, and performers typically wear relatively simple white and gold outfits with realistic make-up.
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Adi Shankara Academy of Performing Arts; Janak Khendry Dance Company; Nupura School of Music and Dance
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Janak Khendry Dance Company436 Dufferin StreetToronto, ON M6K 2A3
Nupura School of Music and Dance - Scarborough1840 Ellesmere RoadScarborough, ON M1H 2V5
Nupura School of Music and Dance - Mississauga5100 Maingate DrMississauga, ON L4W 1X6
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