LIFE

Mohiniattam

IT WILL soon be Onam. For those who would like to get a primer on the season and its moods, Skanda Publications has come out with a fresh volume titled, `What is Mohiniattam?'

The 15th title from Skanda is on the classical dance style of Kerala, written by the husband-and-wife team of B.A. Suresh and Vidya Bhavani Suresh, who have beenputting out the slim booklets under the series `Demystifying Fine Arts'. The pictures in the volume capture the grace and subtlety of Mohiniattam and its 24 mudras, concluding the discussion with a comparison of this form and Kathakali and Bharatanatyam. An artistic introduction to Onam.

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