Mohiniyattam was originated in kerala with its own frolic expression. The flamboyant vacillating nature of Kerala is shadowed in this art form. As a pioneer to this Dhasiyattam was its first form. Costume consists of a white skirt with golden border “Melmundu”. For its presentation Sopana Sangeetham is used.
This art form belongs to Tamil Nadu. It was formed as part of Tamil nadu’s Folk arts .In this art form there still exists provincial differences such as Thanchavoorpani, Panthelloor Pani, etc.
The king of Kuchelapuri in Andhra Pradsh was very kind and generous to his subject. But the land lords treated the peoples very cruelly. The men – subject in the kingdom with a view of protesting against this, moulded critical art form and used to present it . Later this ancient Art form of kuchelapuri was changed into Kuchuppudi usually krishna geethams are composed for “Kuchuppudi Tharangam”.
Kerala Nadanam (Kerala Dance) is a style of dance that is now recognised as a distinct art form evolved from Kathakali a form of Indian dance – drama. The Indian dancer Guru Gopinath a well trained kathakali artist and his wife Thankamani Gopinath who was the first student of Mohiniyattam in Keralakalamandalam developed a unique structure for teaching and performing classical dance forms of India whose orgins are from Kathakali . Solo, duets,dance dramas and traditional folk dances were the material they chose.
Guru Gopinath and Thankamani’s dance programs found traditional pieces existing side by side with those modified to present a variety of themes . Their style relied heavily on the Angika Abhinaya – body movements and gestures – and Satvika Abhinaya – facial expressions from Kathakali . The major stance of Kathakali was however changed by Gopinath to a more convenient pose that could still rest well with the Tribhanga concept.
For the first time Carnatic music compositions used for concerts were rendered into dance forms by Gopinath. Unlike traditional Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, a variety of many musical instruments were also added to his presentations.
Even though during his lifetime Guru Gopinath did not give a name to his style after his death the movement to give his style a name gained momentum. In 1993, during the Global Conference on Guru Gopinath and Kerala Nadanam held in Trivandrum, a Sanskrit definition was given to this style by his students. KERALEEYA SHAASTRIYA SARGAATHMAKA NRITTHAM ” A traditional creative dance style originating from Kerala “.
Kerala Nadanam can be performed in three ways Ekamga Nadanam i.e. solo, Samgha Nadanam i.e.group, Nataka Nadanam i.e. dance drama enacting a story. Male female pair dancing (duet) is also a distinct style in Kerala Nadanam.
Kali, Vagastu Purusho
Saptaite Bharadevata ”
Kalarippayattu is one of the oldest Living traditions of martial training, physical culture and self defense method in the world. The kalarippayattu is derived from two words in Malayalam, kalari and Payattu. Kalari means the place, where particular art form is taught. Payattu literally means practice or exercise. In present context it means in the traditional style of combat. It is the martial art form of Kerala, the southern most state of India
Kalarippayattu is an Indian martial art from the southern state of Kerala. A student should ideally start his learning when reaching seven or eight years old.This early start should give him or her chance to develop a harmonious body and mind in deep, kalarippayattu is a very complete form of Paratactic requiring balance .flexibility, strength, endurance, and a high level of concentration. After a rural initiation, the student is introduced to meythari or body exercises the first of the three part of kalaripayattu system only when the student reaches the proper level of control of his body will how be introduced to wooden traning,or kolthari, and even later on to ‘ankathari ‘ fighting with metallic Weapons.
While kalarippayattu remains a high effective and deadly martial art practice, which teaches means of both attack and defense today the emphasis is placed mostly on body awareness to bring about a total control of oneself , thus this martial one could be said to be more a mean of self knowledge than one of pure self defense.Following the teaching of late Mahacharya V.K.Madhavan Panikkar gurukkal, VKM kalari