Dr. Malini Nair


Dr. Malini Nair


Dr. Malini Nair

Dr. Malini Nair is a highly talented performer in Mohiniyattam and Bharathanatyam and an experienced choreographer. She has excelled in the fields of performance and compositions. Dr. Malini Nair started her training in Bharathanatyam and Mohiniyattam under Guru Kalamandalam Ranganayaki at the age of 7. Malini's passion for dance led her to Kerala Kalamandalam where she completed her four year diploma achieving first rank. She continued her studies under Guru Padmasree Kalamandalam Kshemavathy and Guru Kalamandalam Leelamma. Dr. Malini Nair is equally interested in performing Mohiniyattam and Bharathanatyam. Her quest for knowledgetook her to Tamil Nadu where she completed her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Bharathanatyam from Bharathidasan University and later MPhil from Kerala University in performing arts. Dr. Malini Nair's zest for perfection and years of institutional training is highly evident in every lift of her movements and stage portrayals. She gives her students in depth awareness about the Indian culture and tradition through her dance form. She trains her students for full "margam" and makes them capable of choreographing on their own.

Academic Ranking

A.H.S.L.C: First Rank from Kerala Kalamandalam.
Four year Diploma inMohiniyattam from Kerala Kalamandalam.
Advanced training in Mohiniyattam under Guru Padmasree Kalamandalam Kshemavathy.
B.F.A and M.F.A in Bharathanatyam from Bharathidasan University.
MPhil from Kerala University, Performing Arts Department.


Prof. Kalamandalam Sathyabhama Award for excellence in Mohiniyattam.
Kaladarpanam Natyarathna Award.


NOOPUR ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS is a renowned institution that offers training in Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchupudi. Noopur was founded by Kalamandalam Dr. Malini Nair in 1999. Noopur is devoted to teaching the essence of artistic performance: the rhythm of lasya, the skill of Nrithya and bhava of Mudra. Noopur arranges workshops and conducts theory classes. Noopur also has a well stocked library for students


Mohiniyattam is the most enchanting classical dance form from God's own country, Kerala. Among all classical south dance forms, Mohiniyattam is distinct because of its characteristic body moments, marked by the graceful sway of torso, admirable styles etc. Mohiniyattam originated in the golden era of arts andliterature in the 16th century as a temple dance performed by Devadasis. It portrays feminine love in its myriad forms. Mohiniyattam, the graceful form of Indian dance is performed solo by women. According to the Sangeet Natak Akademi, Mohiniyattam is one of the eight classical dance forms of India.


Bharatanatyam, one of the classical dance forms of south India, originated in the temples of Tanjavoor, Tamil Nadu between 19th and 20th century. It is also known as the "Daasiyattam" since it wasperfomed by Devadasis in the temples of Tamil Nadu. The word Bharatanatyam is derived from three basic concepts Bhava, Raga and Thaala. According to the popular etymology, "BHAvam" means expression, "RAgam" means music, "THAlam" means rhytham and "NATYAM" means dance. One of the possible origins of the name is from "Bharata Muni" who wrote the NatyaShastra. Today, it is one of the most popular & widely known composite solo dance forms and is practiced by both male and female dancers.


Kuchupudi is one of the classical dance traditions from the South-East Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Its name is derived from small village of Kuchupudi (also known as Kuchelapuri or Kuchelapuram) in Andhra Pradesh. Kuchupudi is a unique form of dance which has a tasteful blend of grace & vigour. It's elegant body movements and speedy footwork makes Kuchupudi different from all other dance forms. Kuchupudi dance tradition was initiated and built by the Saint Siddhendra Yogi, a worshipper of Krishna. Thus the whole dance display is considered to be a form of worship.



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