Philosophy of Hindu classical dance (Mumbai, India)

Artistic Activities

Mandakini Trivedi, a leading exponent of ‘Mohini Attam’, enthralled around 50 attendees at a special event where she explained and demonstrated ‘The Philosophy of the Sacred Arts’.

Mandakiniji explained that all meaningful form is essentially philosophical, and comprises a search for wisdom, truth, and beauty; the great archetypes, the universal ideals; and there are essentially two forms of art: Laukika, which is empirical, and Alaukika, the transcendental.

Mandakiniji also performed an exquisite piece called ‘Ganga Tattvam’, demonstrating the essential components of classical Indian dance, based on the geometry of the ‘Mandala’, which depicts the creation of the universe.

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