Mohiniyattam one of the eight classical dance forms of India has its origin in the State of Kerala. This dance is renowned for its graceful and appealing movements and the solo recital style. The term Mohiniyattam comes from the words Mohini – meaning a woman who enchants onlookers and aattam – meaning sensuous body movements. The word “Mohiniyattam” literally means “dance of the enchantress.”
Featured in this video is the long necklace, which is part of the ornaments, used in Mohiniyattam. This long chain is made by linking together gem-studded, mango-shaped pieces; hence it is also called as Mangamala. The intricate design pattern of the chain and the luster of gold used in the jewellery (jewelry) add charm to the dancer.