Smt. Gopika Varma, the renownwed Mohiniattam dancer came under the direct purview of Kalamandalam Smt. Kalyani Kuttyamma. She was fortunate to learn Abhinaya, which is the quintessence of Mohiniyattam from Sri Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, doyen of the Kathakali stage. Gopika has performed exclusively at various art festivals, sabhas and temples, nation wide and internationally. Her Mohiniyattam is marked by extreme grace and fluidity of movements, transmitting radiance through expressions that at times sigh with nostalgia, purity and sanctity, while being blessed with geometrical precision and technical movements and expressions, her own personal worship of the Divine. Mohoniyattam is a classical dance form Kerala, India. It is one of the eight Indian classical dance forms recognized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. It is considered a very graceful form of dance meant to be performed as solo recitals by women. The term Mohiniyattam comes from the words "Mohini" meaning a woman who enchants onlookers and "aattam" meaning graceful and sensuous body movements. The word "Mohiniyattam' literally means "dance of the enchantress". The essence of Mohiniyattam is in the emphasis on "Abinaya' through which the artist directly reaches out to the rasikas and transport them to a divine plane.
Tracks: Artist Profile, Introduction To Mohiniyatam, Namaskaram, Mandalams and Basic Exercises, Adavus (Chuvadu Sadhakam), A. Samapadam, B. Aramandalam, C. ‘Tha' Ganam, D. 'Ja' Ganam, E. 'Dha' Ganam, F. Vakram, Theermanam Adavus, Chari (Mayyam), Cholkettu and Basic Tips