Renaissance period in Kerala.
The elite convergence of spectators dissolved in emotional rapture.
Eyes widened and chins dropped, their posture resembled effigies. They were charmed at the graceful laasya in the body movements and elegance in the facial expressions of the enchantress performing a novel dance form before them. The perfect feminine beauty, like a salabhanjika was feast to their eyes. The levitating music was melodious and her costume and jewelry enticing. The perfect blend of music and dancing movements conjured the viewers, making them a skylark’s floating feather over wind flown paddy fields, rippling waters, velvet meadows as if in a reverie.
This dance form, distinguished as "MOHINIYATTAM" emerged in Keralam, popular as the God’s own country. Its uniqueness is conspicuous among the eight classical dance forms in the Indian horizon.
In the 19th century, Maharaja Swathi Thirunal of Travencore did much to enhance Mohiniyattam. Under the king's patronage it was systematized and brought from temple precincts to Royal courts and it grew as the unique dance form of Kerala acquiring distinctive classical dimension. Mohiniyattam is considered a very graceful form of dance meant to be performed as solo recitals by women. It has evolved since then.
"The Mohini studio vows to preserve and progress this saintly dance form through preach and practice"