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Published Dec 8, 2016, 12:09 am IST

Doordarshan (National) - Mohiniyattom

Kalamandalam Kshemavathy is a renowned Mohiniyattam dancer from Thrissur, Kerala. She is an alumnus of the reputed Kerala Kalamandalam. She joined the institute when she was just ten. After completion of the course, she undertook advanced training in Bharata Natyam under Muthuswami Pillai and Chitra Visweswaran, and in Kuchipudi under Vempati Chinna Satyam, but chose to remain within the Mohiniyattam tradition.

Kshemavathy is known for her abhinaya and traditionalist approach to the art form. She encourages research and believes that experimentation is inevitable, but must be explored leaving the basics of the art form untarnished and has done a lot of innovative choreography

Kshemavathy was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011 for her contributions to Mohinyattam. She has also received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Nrithya Natya Puraskara.

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