Mohiniyattam is an Indian classical dance form that emphasizes and elaborates on the Lasya
emotion. It derives its name from the female-avatar of lord Mahavishnu, Mohini – the enchantress.
As such, this style showcases a more feminine, enchanting form of dancing. It is characterized by
the dancer’s graceful expressions, hand gestures and swaying body movements. Traditionally, it
was performed in temples and court of the kings.
Age group = 8 and above
Thiruvathirakkali is a ritualistic group dance performed by women in Kerala. It has its origins on
Shiva-Parvathi legend and is traditionally performed on the auspicious day of Thiruvathira star in the
malayalam month of Dhanu. However, recently, this has become inevitable in most of the auspicious
festivals such as Vishu and Onam. The group of dancers perform this dance standing in a circle
around a Nilavilakku (traditional floor lamp). The simplicity in the style and the rhythmic nature of the
dance with clapping of the hands makes it an easier form among all other classical dance forms.
This dance form epitomizes celebration of women in a traditional way. This dance form is different
from other classical dance forms, the emphasize here is to have “fun” in a group. Hence this is
appropriate for all age groups and all levels.
Age group = all ages.
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Class Times :
Thursday 6-8 pm
Janakey Devi Vayavinat Kizhakkepat Pathayaturayil started her dance journey under the tutelage of Shri Vasudevan Namboothiri at the age of 4. After receiving the foundational training under Shri Namboothiri, she further nurtured her dance skills under Smt Geetha Varma with whom she mastered her Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam skills over a span of 11 years. She is also a trained Thiruvathirakali dancer (traditional temple group dance unique to women in Kerala).
Janakey Devi used to regularly perform in the temple festivals in her hometown and has performed both solo and in groups. She is very passionate about all dance forms and has performed/choreographed at college festivals and other special occasions. Professionally, she holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and worked as post-doctoral fellow at UT-Austin. She is originally from Kerala but currently resides in Austin, Texas.