Friday 26 June 2020

Book Review - 'Mohiniyattam: Its Art and Aesthetics' by Bharati Shivaji - Dr. Sunil Kothari

Shubhi Publications, 479, Sector 14, Gurugram 122 001, Haryana, India
Revised Edition 2020 / Price not stated
Foreword by Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay, Photos by Avinash Pasricha

The present volume on 'Mohiniyattam: Its Art and Aesthetics' by Bharati Shivaji, a celebrated exponent of Mohini Attam, takes the reader to those early years when there were no takers for this dance form of Kerala. At the suggestion of Kamala Devi, Bharati undertook not only rigorous training in Mohini Attam (I prefer to spell it as Mohini Attam instead Mohiniyattam) but also did extensive research by visiting various parts of Kerala and contributed to the revival and further exposure to this near extinct dance form. Kamala Devi arranged for a financial grant for this project from the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

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  1. Hello Sunil bhai, I am trying to buy a copy since its release at Kerala Kalamandalam on March 10th. Kalamandalam people said they have no idea about the publisher and where it is available, and no copy is available at their library. Bharati Shivaji yet to reply to my enquiry too. On seeing this review, I have again tried in Amazon and Flipkart, but futile. From your review, I understand that it is by Shubhi Publications, Gurgaon-122016 and not mentioned the price. Online sellers such as Amazon takes orders only with a cost. Can't see any provision to buy online from the publisher as well. Their site appears not in use. I rang their tel no 91-1245081199 got from google but said it's not functioning.

  2. Nice review. There are some discussions on the devasi name ' Sugandhavalli' In Swati tirunal movie the director used the name Sugandhavalli' but in history it is not same. Thank you so much for introducing the book.
    Dr K Sampreetha