Dr. Neena Prasad invokes the blessings of Lord Ganesha in Cholkettu, which is traditionally performed as the first item in Mohiniyattam. In Pada varnam the dancer depicts the grief of separation that torments the Nayika (heroine). Thillana is performed as the finale in a dance recital. Thillana extols happiness, joy and ecstasy. The dancer depicts the anguish of the lovelorn Radha in Ashtapadi, a part of Jayadeva’s Geetha Govinda. With her graceful and sensuous movements, the performer in Dr. Neena has done justice to Mohiniyattam.
Dr. Neena Prasad
Dr. Neena Prasad represents the genre of innovative class of Indian dancers. She learned Mohiniyattam from renowned teachers viz. Kalamandalam Sugandhi and Kalamandalam Kshemavathy. Apart from Mohiniyattam, Dr. Neena Prasad is also a trained performer of Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam and Kathakali.
Dr. Neena Prasad was awarded a PhD in dance from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata for her research on the various manifestations of laasya (sensuality) and tandava (the frantic and violent dance of Lord Shiva) in South Indian classical dance. She also received the junior fellowship from the Dept. of Culture, Govt. of India for her research works in Mohiniyattam. The Bharatanjali Academy of Indian Dances (BAID) instituted by her conducts classes on different Indian dance forms.
Mohniyattam artiste Guru Smitha Rajan guides the students through the concept and central theme of the Suma Sayaka Varnam, individual components of each part, and elaborates on the performance's technical aspects. This class also contains a complete performance and msuic/ audio download of the composition.
Dr. Rajashree Warrier focuses on how a student must interpret and elaborate the teachings of Abhinaya Darpana . The student witnesses hand movements, gestures, esoteric techniques, expressions, placement, and detailed revision of every essential Bharatanatyam skill required to excel in this field.
Dr. Neena Prasad offers detailed analysis, demonstration, and advice on how students must appropriately approach Revati Raga in this Mohiniyattam Thillana. Demonstrations followed by lectures and explanations are the format followed in this course. The different movements of the dancer in the Thillana, the adavus, korvais, and mudras, are carefully explained.
This Kathak online class by Guru Pali Chandra introduces a new Thumri Dagar Chalat, originally written by the legendary Guru Bindadin Maharaj of the Lucknow Gharana. Thumri's individual components - Shabdarth, Vyakhyarth, Sthayi bhav and Sanchari bhav are explained in detail.
Learn bharatanatyam composition by Rama Vaidyanathan set in Kalyani Raga and Adi tala, Saddu Madalu Bedavo Rangayya.... This padam focuses on an interaction between a gopika and Lord Krishna. The former requests the divine being to stop playing his flute at middle of the night and not to invite trouble by waking others.
The effect of the spring season on humans, Nature and divine beings were described in the Lalitha Lavanga (Viharathi Haririha), the 3rd prabandh of Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda in Kathak. Through Explanations, Interpretations, Teaching and Performance, Pali Chandra shows a range of choreographic moves inspired by her reading of Natyashastra and Abhinaya Darpana.
Sri Sakala Ganadhipa Palaya Mam Anisham is a beautiful composition Choreographed by Sreelakshmy Govardhanan and composed by Dr. M. Balamuralikrishna. Set in Adi Tala, Arabhi Raga, each part of this composition is well explained by the teacher, and also it includes student demonstrations for better understanding.
Bharatanatyam teachings and perfromance by Rama Vaidyanathan. Each part of Thiruvempavai is individually introduced, beginning with detailed explanations and teachings by the Rama Vaidyanathan. These are followed by demonstrations from the Guru and a complete performance at the end.
Revisit the Navarasas, Nine Emotions that drive our day-to-day lives. Guru Rajashree Warrier’s original Bharatnatyam composition delves into the secrets of the human psyche. The ‘Navarasa Kauthwam’ is a dancer's exploration of the factors that influence every human's journey on Earth. The entire composition, with detailed lessons and a downloadable track, is exclusively available at NatyaSutraOnline.
Guru Dr Pali Chandra pays homage to Radha’s depiction of Lord Krishna’s mesmerising form in the Sancharad Adhara (Rase Harimiha), the 5th prabandh of Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda in Kathak. Through Explanations, Interpretations, Teaching and Performance, she shows a range of choreographic moves inspired by her reading of Natyasastra and Abhinaya Darpana.
Guru Dr Pali Chandra shows how the varied moods and madness of Radha in the 12th prabandh, song Pashyati Dishi Dishi (Natha Hare Jagannatha Hare), of Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda can be presented in Kathak. Through Explanations, Interpretations, Teaching and Performance, she shows a range of choreographic moves, inspired by her reading of Natyasastra and Abhinaya Darpana, and also suggests improvisations .
This Bharatanatyam DanceLessons by Rama Vaidyanathan is subdivided into nine sections. Each part of Madhura ashtakam is individually introduced, beginning with detailed explanations by the teacher. Every word of the original verse is carefully explained. These are followed by demonstrations from the Guru and a complete performance.
Let us bring to life the eternal bond between Lord Krishna and Radha through an age old classic Kanha Main Tose Haari... Learn the storytelling techniques, performance-related pointers and the nuances of this choreography using three arms of Kathak - Kavit, Thumri and Gat-bhav.
Pushpanjali is a divine offering of flowers that is a mark of respect to the Gods, one's teachers and those who are witnessing the recital. Alarippu is a reference to the flowering bud, which utilizes every part of the artist's body. Rama Vaidyanathan guides us through its intricacies.
Learn Begum Akhtar's famous Ghazal Woh Jo Hum Mein Tum Mein Qarar Tha. Kathak maestro Guru Dr Pali Chandra guides students through the various layers of this composition, exploring Begum’s nuanced take on love that is mature enough to accept not being acknowledged.
Dr. Neena Prasad's teachings commence with an overview of the Swarajathi, elaborating upon its various facets. The Guru then teaches the students the Ananda Bhairavi Swarajathi, individual components of each part, and elaborates on the performance's technical aspects. This class simplifies the teaching process for learners by providing a complete version of the composition and student demonstrations for better understanding.