On the occasion of the Devi Navratris, Shilparamam is organising a Mohini Attam recital by Gopika Verma from Chennai, on 12th October. Mohini Attam is a renowned classical dance of Kerala.
Gopika Varma started learning Mohini Attam at the age of 10 from Girija and Chandrika Kurup, continuing with them for 10 years. Later she specialised in the art form under the able guidance of Kalyani Kuttyamma and her daughter Sreedevi Rajan. She was also fortunate to learn Abhinaya, which is the quintessence of Mohini Attam, from Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, the doyen of the Kathakali stage. Currently, Gopika is running a Mohini Attam school named Dasya at Adayar, Chennai.
Gopika has performed extensively at various art festivals, sabhas and temples all over India, and has won laurels abroad when ICCR chose her to represent India. Love for this graceful and gentle dance of soft rhythm has enabled her come up with movements and expressions that at times sigh with nostalgia, purity and sanctity.
Gopika is married into the Travancore royal family, to Prince Pooruruttathi Thirunal Marthanda Varma. The ancient Travancore royal family has been famed down the ages for its patronage of the fine arts.
Please contact the venue at 2310-0455 for further details.