Vinitha Nedungadi - Mohiniyatatam Dancer And Choreographer
Vinitha Nedungadi is a leading exponent of Mohiniyattam. Referred to as the dance of the enchantress, Mohiniyattam is a gracefully elegant classical dance form with lasya as the predominant element. Kerala’s native dance form Mohiniyattam, true to its name, is characterized by slow, fluid movements and poetic stances. For Vinitha Nedungadi, Mohiniyattam is more than a form of dance. She is engrossed in studying this art form, particularly its literature and choreography. According to her every art form has the capacity to evolve without rupturing its pristine structure and any innovation in the art form should be expanding its possibilities to include new areas of creativity and such innovations should be in tune with its inherent style and structure.
Vinitha was introduced to the exciting world of Malayalam literature at a very early age by her father Sri. P. Narendranath who was an accomplished Malayalam Writer. This has greatly helped her in carving a niche for herself by adapting Malayalam poems into Mohiniyattam, thus enriching its repertoire. Karukare karmukil… by Kavalam, Poothappattu… by Edassery, translation of to Tagore’s Gitanjali by Mahakavi G etc, are some of Vinitha’s endeavors in this line. The huge success of these items became a trendsetter and inspired other dancers to look into the treasure trove of Malayalam poetry.
Vinitha studied Mohiniyattam under reputed teachers such as Kalamandalam Renganayaki, Ramakrishnan Nair and Kalamandalam Kshemavathy. After completing her Graduation in Commerce from M G University, She joined Kerala Kalamandalam for Masters in Mohiniyattam. Along with her training and busy career as a dancer, she finds time to do serious research in the art form and frequently write articles on its various aspects.
Major Awards & Recognitions
- Top Grade artiste of Doordarshan, National Official Channel
- Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Award-2009
- Natya Ratnam Award - 1999
- Jr. Fellowship from Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi - 2003
- Yuva Kalaratnam - 2005
- Kerala Kalamandalam Award - 2007
- Panel member – Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.
Some of the Important Stages
- Mudra Festival – Trivandrum – 2010
- Nishagandhi Festival, Trivandrum – 2009, Organised by Department of Tourism, Govt. of Kerala
- Indian High Commission, Maldives - 2008
- Saarang – Doha – 2007
- Mohiniyattam Festival, Palakkad – 2008, Organised by Kerala Kalamandalam & Swaralaya
- Mohini National Dance Festival, Trivandrum – 2007
- Soorya Festival, Trivandrum - 2007
- National Festival of Mohiniyattam, Thrissur –2006, Organized by Kerala Sangeet Natak Akademi
- Thunjan Festival, Tirur – 2006
- India International Centre, New Delhi - 2005
- Soorya Festival, Trivandrum – 2005
- Swathi Smrithi, Chennai - 2005
- Fete-De-Pondicherry, Pondicherry – 2005, Organized by South Zone Cultural Centre
- Sangeethikam – 2004, Organized by Kerala Kalamandalam
- Samskruthi, Doha – 2003
- National Dance Festival, Kasaragod – 2003, Organized by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi
- Aaj Ke Kalaakaar - Ahmedabad 2001
- Swathi Festival – 1999, Organized by Govt. of Kerala