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Beyond Grace (2011)

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An intimate portrait of Bharati Shivaji and Vijayalakshmi, mother and daughter masters of Mohiniyattam dance. Shivaji is credited with reconstructing the classical Indian dance form, while her daughter Vijayalakshmi has advanced the dance form by continually challenging tradition through the unconventional use of multicultural music and innovative choreographies.

Beyond Grace follows the journey of Vijayalakshmi and her mother Bharati Shivaji to Southern India, as they revisit the people and places instrumental in helping to resurrect the once dormant dance form Mohiniyattam. This film documents the creative collaboration and transgenerational consequences of these determined and graceful women.

Bharati Shivaji, Vijayalakshmi
Sara Baur-Harding

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ESYULEG, posted on December 10, 2013

with great gratitude at these women for preserving and carrying this fine dance form forward... amazing

and to see a bit of Swan Lake performed with such heart and emotion... I loved this...

jennifer horan, posted on December 3, 2012

I had the astonishing pleasure of seeing this pair perform at Kripalu in Massachusetts. This video helps to capture the magic they create. Bravo! And thank heaven they are keeping this beautiful form of culture and dance alive....

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