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Mom Ganguly – a great exponent of Mohiniyattam

mommmMom Ganguly – a great exponent of Mohiniyattam

Mom Ganguly is an extremely talented classical dancer, who was born into a cultured Bengali family where music and dance was nurtured by the elders of the family. Having received her initial training from guru Shakti Nag, and later Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam from Guru Thankamani Kutty in Calcutta, she did her ARANGETRAM in 1988 and performed widely in Kolkata for various cultural, corporate and charitable organizations. After passing her class ten board exams from Modern High School for Girls, Kolkata with high first division, she started her specialized training in MOHINIYATTAM under the guidance of Padmashree Guru Smt Bharati Shivaji of Delhi. She has also passed her M.A. in fine arts, in Dance, from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

Mom Ganguly’s dance performances have been widely appreciated by serious critics of these art forms. Her facial expressions, supple body movements and striking stage presence, makes her a dancer in the true sense. Her Guru sees a lot of promise in her dancing abilities and hopes to see her as one of the forerunners of Mohiniyattam dance gharana in the years to come.

Back home, Mom is involved in various activities regarding promotion of indigenous dance forms of North Eastern India, with the association of the Ministry Of Culture of Tripura. She is the convenor and editor of the Matribhasha Mission in Kolkata along with few other head of states and helps in promoting and propagating folk arts and handicrafts of Eastern and North Eastern India. She is also the examiner for the bachelor’s degree and masters degree examinations of Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata for the last five years. Mom also initiated a movement for propagating classical art forms by forming an organization called Touryatrikam.

mom1Mom believes that classical art forms should be encouraged from school level and awareness to adopt a classical art form should be encouraged by parents. Encouraging the youth of India to organize classical programmes in schools, colleges and localities would enable them to be aware of their deep rooted culture and help them to keep a balance between the east and the west.

Mom is presently residing in Kolkata where she practices and teaches Mohiniyattam.She is also working very actively with her Guru & centre for Mohiniyattam in their various productions.She also contributes in the research and choreography of their various productions.Mom is a senior student of Padmashree Guru Smt.Bharati Shivaji. She is now the Creative Head and Director of Kaishiki Arts and Research Centre , Kolkota.


The swaying coconut trees in the gentle breeze is reminiscent of the soft and languorous movements of Mohiniyattam – the feminine classical dance form Versatile Dancer in Kolkataof Kerala. Literally meaning the Dance of the Enchantress, it is deeply rooted in femininity, GRACE (Lasya) and BEAUTY (Sringara) forming the quintessence of this dance form.

Of all the classical South Indian styles, Mohiniyattam can be singled out with admirable distinction, for it’s characteristic body movements, marked by the graceful sway of the torso. What is unique is the easy going rise andDance Teacher in Kolkata fall of the body, with emphasis mainly on the torso. The movements are never abrupt, but dignified, easy, natural, restrained and yet subtle. The glances, postures, gait employed are so subtle and graceful that they convey the infinite suggestiveness of radiant love.

he traditional costume worn in Mohiniyattam is white with a gold border, and gold ornaments are worn. The unique coiffure with hair gathered on the left side of the head reflect it’s aesthetic appeal, making it distinct from the other dance forms of India. The regional system of music that Mohiniyattam follows is the SOPANA style which in it’s lyricism is evocative of the spiritual element.

It was during the reign of the great Poet King, Maharaja Swati Tirunal that Mohiniyattam received considerable patronage. After his untimely demise, adverse circumstances led to the decline of this dance form till when in the 1930’s Mahakavi Vallathol founded the Kerala Kalamandalam and once again revived the dance form. More recently, relentless efforts of exponents and researchers like Guru Padmashri Smt. Bharati Shivaji have contributed significantly in ensuring Mohiniyattam’s place on the world map.

Performances in India

Solo Performance at Book Fair, Agartala
Solo performance at Vani Mahal, Chennai
Solo performance at Uttar Para Sangeet Chakra
Launch of Kaishiki Arts and Research Centre Kolkata, at Delhi, at the Sai Auditorium, New Delhi.
Staging of Dance drama Bhanusingher Padavali in Mohiniyattam Style at KAMANI auditorium, Delhi.
Staging of Bhanu Singher Padabali at Science City Auditorium, Kolkata
Solo Mohiniyattam at the Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Kolkata (Monsoon Carnival by Kaishiki Arts)
solo Mohiyattam at Howrah Sarat Sadan (Monsoon Carnival by Kaishiki Arts)
A new production with a electronic ethno fusion band and three classical styles of india….Ishtara
ITC Golden Greats Festival in Lucknow,Vizag & Patna
Spic Macay programmes with her guru in Kolkata & Eastern Zone
Uttarpara Shilpi Samsad, Hugli,West Bengal
Salt Lake Music Festival,Kolkata
Nodi Utsav,Kolkata
IIC,Delhi,Habitat centre,Delhi
ICCR Guru Shishya Parampara,Habitat Centre,Delhi
South Indian Festival,Swabhumi,Kolkata
Bankura,Rarh Lalit Kala Utsav,West Bengal
Konark Festival,Orissa
Khajuraho Festival,Madhya Pradesh
Ghungroo Festival,Gwalior
Nritya Pratibha,Sangeet Natak Academy,N,Delhi
Premavati Festival,Hyderabad
Vizag Steel Plant,Annual Show,Andhra Pradesh
Sankhya Festival,Chennai
Chidambaram Dance Festival,Chennai
Tirupathy Devasthanam,Andhra Pradesh
Iskon Bhakti Festival,Bangalore
Chinmaya Bhakti Pravaha,Chinmaya Mission,N.Delhi
Heritage Festival,Amritsar
Heritage festival,Patiala
Neer Mahal Festival,Tripura
IIC,Choreographic Festival
With Naval Symphonic Orchestra,Siri Fort,N.Delhi
Utsava,choreographic Festival,N.Delhi
Impressario India,Choreographic Festival,N.Delhi
N.E.Indian,Tourism Fair,Agartala
Agartala book Fair
Krishna gana Sabha,Chennai
Narada gana Sabha,Chennai
Music Academy Winter Festival,Chennai
Sanskriti Sagar,G.D.Birla Sabhaghar,Kolkata
Uday Shankar Dance Festival,Kolkata
Calcutta Club Womens Forum,Kolkata
SpicMacay VIRASAT,chain of Programmes in Mathura,Vrindavan,Agra,Ferozabad,Allahabad,Dadri &
Launch Event Of the Nataraja hall,Kolkata
“Mukhomukhi” Theatre Festival
Industrial Trade Fair
Behrampore Dance Festival
Indira Gandhi Institute for International Studies (Shantiniketan)
Viswa Bharati Kala Bhavan Festival
Haridas Samaroh
Bhasha Andolan Day,shishir mancha,Kolkata
Matribhasha O Maitri Utsav,Kolkata
150 yrs of Celebration of Tagore,Tripura (Agartala,& Teliamura)
Golden Jubilee Festival Of India International Centre,N.Delhi
African Summit in India,2008,Purana Quilla,N.Delhi
Rashtrapati Bhavan,Special presentation(African Summit)
Medinipur Beach Festival
ICCR, Horizon Series
International Taekwondo Festival
Dance Jathre

Performances Abroad :

London Ananda Utsav,Alexander Palace,2010
Shared History Festival in South Africa,2010
The Dance Factory,Johannesburg
The Playhouse Company,Durba
Tour of U.S.A:2009
Stony Brook University,New York
Stamford Theatre,Spring Festival,Connecticut
Shruti Organization,Philadelphia
India Incredible @60,2007,Lincoln Centre,New york,U.S.A.
Days Of Indian Culture in Russia,2005 at Bolshoi theatre in Moscow & Conservatory Theatre,st.Petersburg

Awards & Achievements :

Recipient of Rajya Sangeet Academy Award 1989
Empanelled artist of ICCR
Graded artist Of Doordarshan

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