Mohiniyattam by Malavika Nandan in Nrityaantaranga

Mohiniyattam by Malavika Nandan in Nrityaantaranga

Mohiniyattam by Malavika Nandan in ‘Nrityaantaranga’ dance series

Mangaluru: ‘Nrithyantaranga’, a regular series of Indian Classical Dance performances conducted by Sri Mookambika Cultural Academy® of Puttur recently arranged for Mohiniyattam performance by young talented artiste Kum.Malavika Nandan, Bengaluru in Shashi Shankara Hall, Academy premises in Puttur on August 20th.The evening was inaugurated by Prof. Vatsala Raajni by lighting the lamp and her inaugural words. Vidwan B. Deepak Kumar, Director of Sri Mookamika Cultural Academy conducted the event and welcomed the gathering and gave some information about the aim and achievements of Nrityaantaranga.

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Kum. Shubha Achalli, student of the Academy introduced the artiste to the audience. Smt Sheena Arumugan gave information about Mohiniyattam dance tradition and about the dance numbers performed. Smt. Archana Prakash, one of the parents of students talked on behalf of the spectators. The trustees of the Academy Sri Bhavani Shankar, Smt. Shashi Prabha, Vidwan Girish Kumar and Vidushi Preetikala were present on the occasion.


Nrityaantaranga – “A journey to the inner soul of Dance”

‘Nrityaantaranga’ is a series of dance through which the attempt is made to understand the art form better. It is a journey to the inner substance of dances i.e., Indian Classical dances and mainly Bharatanatyam. It is the dream project of Vidwan B.Deepak Kumar, Director of Sri Mookambika Cultural Academy(R.), Puttur. In a small town like Puttur where cultural events are very meager and the students of classical arts have less chance either to perform or to watch any cultural shows , Vidwan Deepak Kumar had thought creating a platform for young upcoming talents wherein they could showcase their Talent and consequently develop the experience of solo and group stage performances.

To put this idea into action ‘Nrityaantaranga’ was designed. Here the key idea is to give a platform to the budding artistes to perform and through this training them for facing the audience in future. Another idea is to create a good and well informed Audience or Kala Rasikas for the classical dance. Today the audience is lacking of proper information about the art forms. Hence this platform tries to give proper and detailed information about the dance numbers performed and also different aspects as per how better to understand the dances performed. The event also provides platform for discussions related to the dances performed so that the audience are confirmed of understanding the Core-Antaranga of Dance-Nritya. Usually any public performances expect huge budget which is not possible for many of the aspiring talents.


Keeping this very fact in mind ‘Nrityaantaranga’ came into existence which the motto of creating events with minimum cost of expenditure. Mr.Vipin of Darbe, Puttur with a view to support the art, provided a hall ‘Mangalamritha’ in its initial series without any charges, whom the Academy remembers with full gratitude. Now the events are conducted in the newly constructed Hall of the Academy – ‘Shashi Shankara’. Nrityaantaranga aims at reducing the costs of expenditure in every phase so as to reduce the burden on the students. Of late, the fame of this project is spreading all over and artistes from other places also are applying for the series. Sri Mookambika Cultural Academy is arranging for this outside artistes also as the people of Puttur will have a very good opportunity to witness good performances. But for these events the Cultural Academy is expending from its own funds.

About Kum. Malavika Nandan :

Malavika Nandan is 12 years old studying in 7th std in Kendriya Vidyalaya Hebbal. She is a classical dancer and performed in many stages in Bangalore,TamilNadu and Kerala and won prizes in many competitions.

She is learning classical dance for 3 years. She is learning Bharathanatyam under Ratheesh Bharathan and Ravikumar Muvattupuzha, Mohiniyattam under Smt. Vineetha Nedungadi, Kerala and Kuchipudi under Smt. Veena Murthy Vijay , Bangalore.

Some of her achievements are:

– Won “Kala Thilakam” 3 times in Karnataka State Youth Festival held by Kerala Samajam Bangalore.

– 4th position in Hiddenidol2016 world level contest.

– Won “Natyadarpana” Award from Lalitha Kala Nilaya Dance Academy, Bangalore.

– Semifinalist of “Natyaratna” Bharathanatyam Reality show by Sankara TV.

– Got First Prizes in Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi in National level Talent Hunt by Alliance University, Bangalore.

– Won “Bala Prathibha” in UVSI Competition in Bangalore.

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