About the Department
The Department of Dance was established in the Thiruvananthapuram campus of the university in 1995 and offered a Foundation Course (equivalent to a +2 Course) in the beginning. Late Guru Kalamandalam Leelamma - who is best remembered for her contributions to the pedagogy of Mohiniyattam - was the first teacher in the Department. 

When starting the Bachelor's Degree program in 1998, the Department of Dance was the first institution in the state of Kerala to offer such a program in the discipline of Mohiniyattam. In view of administrative ease, in 2019, the Department of Dance was split into two separate Departments, dedicated to Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam. Presently, Bachelor’s and Master's programs in Mohiniyattam are offered by the Department. The Department also offers a six-month Certificate Program to the aspiring candidates in regular mode. 

Online Course in Mohiniyattam: As part of the University’s mission to reach out globally, the Department of  Mohiniyattam is all set to conduct Online Programs in Mohiniyattam in the MOOC model. This program is envisaged in such a way that thousands of passionate students across the world who do not have reliable opportunities to learn Mohiniyattam can enroll themselves in the program and secure Diploma and Post Diploma through systematic and IT-enabled learning. The proposed Course will be of high quality and the certificate will carry a lot of value as it is given by the university that hails from Kerala - the land where the dance form of Mohiniyattam was born. As all the academic and administrative sanctions have been already accorded by the university, the Online Courses are most likely to be announced very soon. 

The Department of Mohiniyattam is getting upgraded to a Ph.D. Department and will be all set to offer Ph.D. programs from this academic year onwards. The Department’s another new venture,  a Peer-reviewed Research Journal on Performing Arts titled “The Performer” is getting ready for a grand launch in October 2021. We are in the process of becoming the Best Department of Mohiniyattam in the country. 

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