Bharati Shivaji

Bharati Shivaji’s pursuit of Mohiniyattam has initiated her into other regional art forms of Kerala, enabling her to imbibe the aesthetics of Mohiniyattam not in isolation but in significant relation to the inter disciplinary traditions of Kerala, be it sculpture, theatre, music, painting architecture and literature. Her wide experience led her to choreograph some of the classic plays in theatre like Dhootha Vakyam, the National School of Drama's Abhigyana Shakuntalam and Viddyottama.

She is the author of the books The Art of Mohiniyattam and Mohiniyattam. She has many group choreographies to her credit, ensuring Mohiniyattam 's place on the world map. 

For her invaluable contribution, she was awarded the Lasyalakshmi by the Kunchan Nambiar Memorial Trust, Kerala. She is the recipient of the Sangeet Nat Ak Akademi, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Samman and Padmashri by the Government of India and the Nrityacoodamani. The Kerala Kalamanadalam, deemed university for Art and Culture, conferred on her the title Kalaratnam for her unique contribution to Mohiniyattam. She was recently awarded the Nishagandhi Puraskaram by the government of Kerala for her lifelong contribution to Mohiniyattam.

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