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The name Pallavi Krishnan is synonymous with Mohiniyattam. One of the young and popular exponents of this art form, Pallavi started learning Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam at her early age. After graduating in Bio-science she joined at the Santiniketan (Viswabharati University) for the four-year dance graduation course with Kathakali and Manipuri, duly continuing her pursuits in Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam. From Santiniketan she has learnt RabindraPallavi in a Mohini Attam recital Sangeet too. After her graduation from Santiniketan, to specialise further on Mohiniyattam she came to Kerala and joined at the Kerala Kalamandalam. After completing her two-year course from the Kalamandalam she underwent further training under various Gurus of her art form. She was awarded the scholarship of the Government of India, Department of Culture, for higher studies in Mohiniyattam.

She was the recipient of the grant of the Govt. of India, Dept. of Culture, for choreographing Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s Rituranga as dance drama in Mohiniyattam style set to Rabindra Sangeet. She won the fellowship of the Govt. of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, to choreograph Mohiniyattam items set to Sopana Sangeetam (Kerala Music) and to popularise it. Currently she is on this project under the guidance of Kavalam Narayana Panicker.

In 1992 she was selected for the Anupama Puraskar instituted by Vichar-Manch, Calcutta, for exemplary talent in dance.

Since 1994 she is settled in Kerala, the land of her art form. An outstanding performer, guru and choreographer in Pallavi in a Mohini Attam recitalthe traditional style of Mohiniyattam, she combines both adavus (movements) and abhinaya (acting) most aesthetically and imbibed a non-pareil style of her own. She is rated as the best in the field and the trend-setter for innumerable young dancers of its own land to specialise on Mohiniyattam.

She is the Artistic Director and Managing Trustee of the reputed Mohiniyattam centre, Lasya Academy of Mohiniyattam, which imparts professional training in the art of Mohiniyattam for dancers from India and abroad. Pallavi's Gurus: Guru Kalamandalam Sankaranarayanan (Santhiniketan), Gurus of the dance department of Kerala Kalamandalam,Guru Bharati Shivaji and Guru Kalamandalam Kshemavathy

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