Beyond Grace

20111 hr, 18 mins

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.