Dr. Jayaprabha Menon

A danseuse with exceptional artistry, a versatile choreographer and an affectionate Guru to her disciples, Jayaprabha Menon has notched a reputation non-pareil in the firmament of Indian Classical dances. Her performances of Mohiniyattam have been eloquent demonstrations of terpsichorean talents groomed by venerated Gurus like Kalamandalam Saraswathy, C V Chandrasekhar and Bharathy Shivaji.

Dr Jayaprabha Menon

A danseuse with exceptional artistry, a versatile choreographer and an affectionate Guru to her disciples, Jayaprabha Menon has notched a reputation non-pareil in the firmament of Indian Classical dances. Her performances of Mohiniyattam have been eloquent demonstrations of terpsichorean talents groomed by venerated Gurus like Kalamandalam Saraswathy, C V Chandrasekhar and Bharathy Shivaji. Jayaprabha’s graceful nritta is phenomenal as one can discern the union of the dance and the dancer into a single entity. Her metamorphosis into the vivid characters on the stage speaks for her histrionic adroitness. Myriad are the choreographies that embrace both puranic and contemporary motifs and further they are quintessential of her insatiable urge to establish the intrinsic identity of the dance form peculiar to Kerala. Also they are the end-results of her perennial search for the roots of the dance form. In this endeavour, she has been fortunate to enjoy the guidance of Padmabhushan Kavalam Narayana Panicker, an acclaimed authority of Sopana Sangeetham.

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TATVAM

Tatvam is an innovative choreographic production celebrating the cosmic dancer . The dormant energy is triggered and awakened watching the Ananda Nritta.
Concept & Lyrics – Late Padmabhushan Kavalam Narayana Panikker
Dance Choreography-Dr Jayaprabha Menon

GAMANAM

Gamanam is the The Rhythm & Journey of the river. A highly innovative and experimental piece in Mohiniyattam showcasing the potential of the art form within the frame of the art form with elements from Kalaripayettu, Koodiyattam and others using percussions like Mridangam, Madhalam, Chenda, Edakka&Tavil with Sitar and pneumonics of Kerala percussion instruments.

CHANDRAYAANAM

A Special choreography on the journey of the Moon- its affects and influences on the life ,universe. Presented to salute and honour theChandraayan ISRO team at New delhi.
Music Designing – JayaprabhaMenon,
Dance Choreography-JayaprabhaMenon
Presentation –International Academy of Mohiniyattam,New Delhi.

PHILOSOPHY OF UNITY

A single tree no forest;
“A single wave is no ocean;
A single note is no music;
A single hue makes not rainbow;
the rainbow of myriad hues appearing bright in the sky – each jealously guarding its own identity, but answering the glow of the neighboring hue.”

LAYALAHARI

Layalahiri-Blend of the two major classical art forms, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam. Highlighting the similarities and contrasts of the art forms
Music–Kalamandalam Manoj, Kottakkaljayan
Choreography-jayaprabha Menon & Kalamanadalam Manoj
Presentataion –International Academy of Mohiniyattam, New Delhi

SAMANVAYA

An unique choreographic production by Jayaprabha Menon based on unity in diversity. “Unity in diversity” is based on the concept where the individual or social differences in physical attributes, skin colour, castes, creed, cultural and religious practices, etc. are not looked upon as a conflict. Rather, these differences are looked upon as varieties that enrich the society and the nation as a whole.

AWARDS AND HONOURS




A rare and proud moment. Dr. Jayaprabha Menon being felicitated by The President of India His excellency Sri. Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Bhavan.




JayaprabhaMenon being Felicitated by Her excellency Smt PratibhaPatil, The President of India at RajBhawan, Lucknow 2008




Receiving the Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy Award 2015 from Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.

WHAT MEDIA SAY...

“Jayaprabha Menon, the accomplished classical dancer who is based in Delhi, believes in presenting Mohiniyattam combining refreshing originally with traditional discipline.

"Mohinniyattam danseuse Jayaprabha Menon says dance is her oxygen. This Delhi-based dancer who hails from Kozhikode has mesmerised audiences the world over with her articulate performances on a wide..... 

“One would like to congratulate Jayaprabha Menon for her innovation in the thematic content of Mohiniattam. This gifted dancer is exploring various facets of Mohiniattam and in particular the one she presented ...”

“Jayaprabha Menon brings a lengthy career as an established Mohiniyattam dancer. Her magnetic stage presence and graceful movements have brought new aesthetics to this traditional genre.”

“It was there for all to see when Mohiniattam dancer Jaya Prabha Menon, a disciple of Bharati Shivaji performed at the India International Centre that she had evolved beyond just pretty dancing.

“Jayaprabha Menon, one of the most accomplished dancers of the younger generation, displayed a mélange of emotions and her youthful energy and dynamism were evident in the presentation of this padam.”