Mohiniyattam is a classical dance form which is believed to have originated in Kerala. Mohiniyattam is a fusion of Bharthanatyam with the dynamism and vigour of Kathakali. This dance performed solely by women was once only seen in Temples and Royal Courts.
The costume for the Mohiniyattam is a cream two-piece pleated saree with a wide golden border and traditional gold ornaments. The eyes are lined dramatically with Kohl to enhance the dancers expressions. The hair is tied in a bun placed at the back of the head and encircled by a string of fragrant Jasmine flowers. The musical accompaniments for Mohiniyattam are Violin, Veena, and Mridangam (drums).
Compared to other classical dance forms in South India, Mohininyattam gives more importance to gestural and facial acting.
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