**Through Mohiniyattam Workshops - G. Venu**

**G. VENU** **G. Venu,** founder- Director, Natana Kairali, a training and research institute situated at Irinjilakuda, is a versatile actor and director both in Kutiyattam and Kathakali. He has been striving to preserve and propagate the traditional art forms of Kerala including Kathakali, Kutiyattam, Pav-Kathakali and Mohini Attam. He is the author of several books on dance and theater including *Alphabet of Gestures in Kathakali, Mohini Attam - The Lasya Dance* (with Nirmala Paniker), *Production of a Play in Kutiyattam, etc.,* This short note on the role of the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi in the propagation of Mohini Attam is taken from his book *Kathakali, Kutiyattam and other performing arts.* Poet Rabindranath Tagore was one of those great people who strove to rejuvenate the Indian dance tradition and make it part of the ordinary person’s life. He once came to Kerala in search of that ‘tradition of dance which was considered the

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