|The first reference to Mohiniattam in literature is to
be found in Vyavaharamala composed by Mazhamangalam Narayanan Nambutiri
assigned to AD 1709. It speaks about the rules to be observed when
sharing the fee received for a dance recital, among the concerned
artistes. The one with Talajnanam (master of rhythm) should be given
more than half the remuneration received, while the others should share
the balance equally. The mention of the Guru/Nattuvan/Asan only gives a
clue that this art form belonged to the devadasi type.
(Nirmala Paniker – “The Margi and Desi traditions of Mohiniyattam” – Nartanam, Jan-Mar 2003)
|Sri Krishna Kirtana of Chandidas, Vasanta Vilasa of early Gujarat poet
Muni Sri Jina Vijay-ji, Rasika Priya of Rana Kumbha, Sri Krishna
Karnamrita, Narayana Teertha’s Krishna Leela Tarangini – all of them owe
their poetic tradition to Gita Govinda.
(‘Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda: Architectonics of love and religion in dance’ by M Nagabhushana Sarma, Nartanam, Aug-Oct 2007)
|Aerial yoga, also known as anti-gravity yoga was developed by Christopher Harrison, a former American gymnast dancer. Acting as a support, a hammock hanging from the ceiling, supports the hips for forward and backward bends. “It involves balancing in the air and performing asanas and breathing. It improves spine strength and agility as the inversion suspension does not put stress on cervical muscles. It relieves compressed joints and improves core muscle strength,” says Mickey Mehta.|