Ayswaria Wariar’s foray into celluloid world

Chennai, Apr 13(tamilnaducentral):Ayswaria Wariar, exponent of Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam has directed and choreographed a short film, Nilima – beyond the blue .. an exploration.  It is a tribute to Mali, pen name of Madhavan Nair.

“Karnasapatham”, the most successful Kathakali play written by Mali in the 20th century, is now deemed a classic. On the occasion of his birth centenary, Ayswaria has released the film that is based on the poem Nilima written by  Mali. She incorporates works of noted poets and verses from spiritual leaders like Adi Shankaracharya in her dance form. She has done dance performances using works of Kavalam Narayana Panicker.

Nilima explores the hidden space of the poem and using the medium of film and cinematography with dance form Mohiniattam. Ayswaria has combined music with visual eloquence. Cinematography and co-direction is by Muralikrishna and vocals by N N Sivaprasad.

Hailing  from a family of artistes, she was initiated into the art of classical dance at the tender age of 5 by her mother  Sree Bala Menon. Subsequently, she was trained in the two styles of Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam under eminent gurus such as Dr.Sucheta Bhide Chapekar, Udyogamandal Vikraman, Kalamandalam Saraswathi; she obtained guidance in Sopana Sangeetham under Padmabhushan Shri Kavalam Narayana Panikkar.

Ayswaria Wariar has made a signal contribution to increasing the awareness and appreciation of Mohiniattam outside the State of Kerala; by her performances, lectures-demonstrations  and writing she has introduced the dance form to thousands of people in the rest of India and indeed, South East Asia to the beauty of this wonderful classical art form. She has established the Nrityodaya School of Classical Dance in Vadodara through which she imparts high quality training in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam; this builds, in young people, a deep connect with the ancient Indian culture and ethos. She is the Artistic Director of Nrityodaya Charitable Trust which is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Indian cultural and spiritual heritage through the medium of classical dance.

Her professional stature is the result of the dignified and ethical manner in which she has conducted herself on stage and off it; this is entirely aligned with the grace, beauty and sublime spiritual teachings of this pristine art form, Mohiniattam.

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