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September 2021

Ammannur Madhava Chakyar: The legend who lived and breathed Koodiyattam - Part 1
- Renu Ramanath
On the 13th death anniversary of Koodiyattam exponent Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, Ammannur Chachu Chakyar Smaraka Gurukulam, Irinjalakuda, Thrissur conducted the annual Gurusmarana Koodiyattam festival.

Ammannur Madhava Chakyar: The legend who lived and breathed Koodiyattam - Part 2
- Renu Ramanath
Madhava Chakyar might have been a world-renowned performer, but he maintained an austere lifestyle through the years in his home town at Irinjalakuda...

Nava Karanaani: A new series of nritta movements crystallized
- V.P. Dhananjayan
The present adavu system we employ in Bharatanatyam is totally different from the original Naatyasastra Karanas, except for a few postures which resemble a few of the karanas of Bharata's Naatyasastra.

In silvery regalia
- Darshana Jhaveri
From elaborate costumes to ornate headdresses and jewellery with a shimmering white theme running all through, the Manipuri dance ensemble is synonymous with elegance.

Power for the artist and the rulers
- Ramli Ibrahim
Without integrity or knowledge, or wisdom and noble intent to serve, power is squandered.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam-Part 7
- Nirmala Paniker
There are distinct similarities between the lasya movements and the juggling techniques with a ball, described in the dance performances in the seventh century work Dashakumaracharitam, and Kerala dance forms like Mohiniyattam and Thiruvathirakkali.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam-Part 8
- Nirmala Paniker
The author traces the origins of dance forms involving solo performances by women, such as Mohiniyattam, Thiruvathirakkali and Nangiarkoothu, to folk art forms revolving around the worship of the Mother Goddess and kavus (sacred groves).

The occult origins of Mohiniyattam - Part 9
- Nirmala Paniker
The manuals for several Kerala art forms like Koodiyattam and Nangiarkoothu are said to have been formed during the age of the Kulasekharas, who followed the Chera dynasty in Kerala. The current day Mohiniyattam can be considered a dance form in the lasya style which imbibed the core principles of many ancient dance forms of Chera influence.

The Occult Origins of Mohiniyattam - Part 10
- Nirmala Paniker
Sankaracharya mentions the lasya or grace of the Goddess in several of his verses, while the recurring theme of Mohiniyattam - the pain of a Nayika separated from the Nayaka, can be metaphorically compared to Jivatma yearning to be reunited with the Paramatma.

Arts and culture as nourishment for life
- Ramli Ibrahim
Arts and culture play an important role in the health of a society, but unfortunately they are being increasingly sidelined.

Sringara: A Path to Devotion - Part 1
- V P Dhananjayan
Rasa raja sringara, touches the heart and elevates spiritually. In Natya, the epitome of sringara is bhakti.

Sringara: A Path to Devotion - Part 2
- V P Dhananjayan
While expatiating on the application of Sringara rasa and bhakti in dance, the writer underscores the responsibility on the part of the dancer to draw up the presentation taking into consideration the audience in front of her/him.

Gain or pain?
- Anjali Sareen
Does your workout challenge you or destroy you? Anjali Sareen elaborates on how too much of anything can be a sore.

How to release extra tension and find proper muscular engagement
- Rachel Caldwell
As the body's response to physical and psychological stressors, the muscles can remain in a partially contracted state for extended periods of time, often leading to quicker fatigue and physical discomfort.

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