Tuesday, 6 September 2011

I have a lot more to give: Methil Devika - Lalitha Venkat

Methil Devika received her initial tutelage in dance at the age of four from Melattur S Natarajan, a disciple of veterans Balu Bhagavathar and KP Kittappa Pillai. In Kuchipudi, she did her formative as well as advanced training under Satyapriya Ramana in Chennai. Devika was also trained by Guru Vempati Ravi at the Kuchipudi Dance Academy of Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam. Devika took her Masters degree in Kuchipudi at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata with a first rank and gold medal.

Devika is trained in Mohiniattam under Girija Chandran, student of Kalamandalam Kalyanikuttyamma. She also trained for a brief period under Kalamandalam Leelamma mastering the technicalities of the much acclaimed Kalamandalam sampradaya of Mohiniattam.

She is associated with scholars like Dr. VS Sharma, Kavalam Narayana Panikker and Nelliyode Vasudevan Nampoothiri for their guidance in many facets of choreography.

Devika joined Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University in 2009. She has developed modules to enable the mentally challenged to express non-verbally. Devika has choreographed the song ‘Malar manchariyil vandineppol' in VK Prakash's film ‘Karmayogi.' She has a master's degree in business administration, with specialization in marketing. She is presently working for a doctorate at the Bharathidasan University. 


  1. Nice... Privileged to see her performance frm school days.. We used to be confident and proud on Sub Dist,Dist and State youth festival when she was participating. CONGRATS Devika and all the best for your future...

    -Rashmi V R

  2. Very nice and incisive interview covering a gamut of topics . Devika is not only a gifted and much awarded dancer,but also a wonderful person with amazing communication skills. Being a volunteer of SPIC MACAY, I am privileged to be inspired by her contribution to provide the youth of India a glimpse of our rich and composite heritage. She performed during the SPIC MACAY National Convention in Cuttack in May 2011 and mesmerized the audience of about 1000 young students from all over India , many being exposed for the first time to Mohini Attam. Thus her contribution to Mohini Attam ensures that this beautiful classical dance form is being passed on to Gen Y.