Monisha arts formerly known as Nrithyavedi, was founded by Smt. Sreedevi Unni in 1979 and was renamed in 1995 in memory of her daughter late Monisha Unni. Since then the school, a non - profit organization, has come a long way and has achieved many objectives. Today, it is a registered society providing a platform to several young artists who are talented and want to advance in their dance field. Having performed for several festivals such as Dussera Festival, The Hampi Festival, The Kadamba Festival and so on, excelling in several prestigious shows and occasions both in India and abroad, the institution also sponsors upcoming dancers and conducts workshops in dance as a therapy.
A firm believer that dances should not be fenced; she raised the standards of the art form by retaining its tradition. Her passion for dance urged her to look beyond regional boundaries. She is instrumental in bringing the audience of Karnataka closer to Mohiniattam. She adapted the lyrics to the local language.
Always willing to experiment, she introduced the Mohiniattam ballet, which gained instant recognition.
Her contribution to Mohiniattam to this date is immeasurable. Her valuable contribution in her field of excellence has won her the title ‘Karnataka Kalashree’ in 2002, an award instituted by the prestigious Sangeeta and Nruthya Academy in Karnataka
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