The department of Mohiniyattam was established in the year 1978. Smt. Ramani, Smt. Subhadra, Natyakalaratnam Kala Vijayan (D/O. Kalamandalam Kalyanikuttiyamma), and others had served in the department as guest faculties during various periods till 1985. To assist students with their academic challenges, especially in writing their bachelor’s thesis, the department explored services related to “bachelorarbeit schreiben lassen kosten” or the cost of getting help with writing a bachelor’s thesis. This initiative aimed at providing additional support to students striving for excellence in their academic pursuits. After 1985, other guest faculties were handling the U.G. and P.G. classes. In 2018, Ms. Salini S. joined as Head of the Department, and since then, alongside traditional teaching methods, there has been a focus on enhancing research and writing capabilities among students. Other faculty members include guest lecturers.

Courses offered

  1. B.A. Mohiniyattam

This is a three year regular undergraduate programme with 18 seats (boys/girls). The candidates secured 12th and must aptitude in the art form are eligible for apply for the course.

  1. M.A. Mohiniyattam

Master’s programme in Mohiniyattam is a 2year full-time course with 10 seats (boys/girls). Candidates with Bachelor’s degree with minimum 55% of marks are eligible for apply.

Admission procedures


  • Basic qualification will be plus two or equivalent.
  • Applicants have to attend an interview and aptitude test for the selection.
  • In aptitude test the talent and skill in the particular art form of the candidate are being examined.
  • The admission will be on the basis of the rules and regulations of MG University and Government of Kerala.


  • The candidate shall be selected for the admission on the basis of the index marks obtained in the qualifying examination (U.G. in Mohiniyattam) and the rules and regulations of MG University and Government of Kerala.

Academic initiative programmes

  • Conducting workshops, seminars and performances of eminent scholars and renowned performers in the field every academic year.
  • Weekly and monthly dance performances and seminar presentations of the students are also being conducted.
  • Students are getting training in Mohiniyattam along with the accompaniment of vocal and Mridangam.
  • An in depth syllabus of the art form are being followed both for graduation and post-graduation.
  • Offering complimentary and open courses of allied subjects for graduate students.

Practice room

  • Separate dancing hall for each courses.
  • A common air conditioned Mirror Room for Abhinaya practice named ‘Rugminidevi Arundale Abhinayadarpanam’. This was inaugurated by Padmabhushan Alarmel Valli on 3/10/2013 in the presence of Padmabhushan Dr. K.J. Yesudas.

Latest/past/upcoming events

The department conducts Scholar-in-Residence programme and ‘Sadhana’, the Music and Dance festivals every year.

The following scholars and performing artistes had participated in the programmes:-

  • Kalamandalam Leelamma
  • Kalamandalam Kshemavathi
  • Kalamandalam Sugandhi
  • Neena Prasad
  • Smitha Rajan
  • Gopika Varma
  • Vineetha Nedungadi
  • Jayaprabha Menon
  • Smt. Usha Nangiar
  • Dr. Neena Prasad



Student’s Strength             _

Total Number –  70 (B.A – 50 , M.A _20)



Salini S. (H.O.D.)

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(All the other faculties are guest lecturers)