Details on Mohiniattam & Odishi Dance for Nagaland PSC

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Image of Mohiniattam

Image of Mohiniattam

  • Its name is derived from:

  • Mohini temptress and Attam dance

  • It’s a graceful dance performed only by women.

  • Theme love,devotion

  • Laasya aspect dominates.

  • It has influences from Bharatanatyam and Kathakali.

  • Music includes Vocal (called chollu), Veena, flute, Maddalam & Idakka.

  • It is characterized by realistic makeup and simple dressing.

  • Costume includes white or cream sari with gold border and is profusely pleated.

  • Mainly gold ornaments are used as jewelry.

  • Artists Madhvi Amma,chinnamu Amma


Image of odissi dance form

Image of Odissi Dance Form

  • It originates from Orissa.

  • Patronized by king kharvel.

  • Theme-radha Krishna love, dashavtar,jagannath philosophy

  • Consists of three schools

    • Mahari

    • Nartaki

    • Gotipua

  • Mahari-devadasi tradition

  • Nartaki-royal courts

  • Gotipua-young boys acting as female

  • Main feautres of performance are:

  • Tribhangi- independent movement of head, chest and pelvis

  • Chauka- basic square stance

Image of Odissi group Dance Form

Image of Odissi Group Dance Form

  • Odissi music is used.

  • Similar to bharatnatyam in terms of mudras and expression

  • Costume feautres Sari- beautiful cloth wrapped around body in traditional style in bright shades of orange, purple, red or green.

  • Jewelry includes:

  • Tikka (forehead ornament)

  • Allaka (headpiece where tikka hangs)

  • Ear covers in intricate shapes with jumkis (bell shaped earrings) hanging from them Chains

  • Two sets of bangles (thin bracelets) worn on upper arm and wrist

  • Generally group dance create geometrical patterns-most beautiful pattern-spiral odishi performance concludes with a sculpture like pose mobile sculpture.

  • Artists Sonal Mansingh

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