Mohiniattam, the dance of the enchantress
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Mohiniattam, the dance of the enchantress by Geeta Radhakrishna

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Published by G.R. Menon in Mumbai .
Written in English


  • Mohiniyattom (Dance)

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Comprehensive study on Mohiniattam, a classical dance form of Kerala, India.

Edition Notes

StatementGeeta Radhakrishna ; photographs, R.K. Menon.
ContributionsMenon, R. K.
LC ClassificationsGV1796.M58 R33 2007
The Physical Object
Pagination191 p., [12] p. of plates :
Number of Pages191
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24014307M
LC Control Number2009305520

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