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Mohiniyattam by Gopika Varma

April 6, 2017

Mohiniyattam Recital by Guru Smt.Gopika Varma

Presented under the Horizon series by
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (I.C.C.R.)
in collaboration with
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
& Thyagaraja Music Festival Trust

Gopika Varma an empanelled artiste of the ICCR, started her Mohiniyattam traninig from the great guru Smt. Kalyani Kuttyamma , and continued from Smt. Girija and Smt. Chandrika Kurup, both senior students of Smt. Kalyani Kuttyamma, whose student she continued to be for 10 years. Later she specialized in the art from under the able guidance of Smt. Kalyani Kuttyamma herself and her daughter, Smt.Sreedevi Rajan. She was also fortunate to learn Abhinaya, which is the quintesence of Mohiniyattam, from Sri. Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, the doyen of the Kathakali sage. She has gleaned a wealth of knowledge and professional training in the “Sopana” style of performance, from Sri. Kavalam Narayana Paniker, a veteran in Indian theatrics. She is presently training under Smt.Kalamandalam Sugandhi.

Gopika has performed extensively at various art festivals, sabhas and temples nation wide and internationally. Her Mohiniyattam is marked by extreme grace and fluidity of movement, transmitting radiance through movements and expressions that at times sigh with nostalgia, purity and sanctity, while being blessed with geometrical precision and technical finesse.

Presently, Gopika is running a Mohiniyattam Dance School named “Dasyam” in Chennai and Banglore, with a vision to promote and develop Mohiniattam dance outside Kerala.

Smt. Gopika Varma as a professional performer and teacher, has received various awards.

Mohiniyattam on Saturday| 8th April 2017 | 6.30 PM

Venue:
Khincha Auditorium,
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,
Race Course Road,
Bengaluru.

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