Mohiniattom by French artist Brijittee ChataignierMohiniattom
Mohiniattom is the seductive dance of the temptress  (Mohini). Performed by women,  it is lyrical to the extreme and sensuous in its appeal.

Its technique and gesture language have much in common with Bharatanatyam and Kathakali. However, it has a distinct character as a dance form. The jerks and hard stamping footwork of Bharatanatyam gives way to smooth footwork, quicker movements striking poses and special music. Its keynote feature is coquetry, combined with grace, delicacy and passion.

The origin of the dance is not clear. It would have emerged fusion of parallel streams of dance in the eastern and western regions of South India.