Choreography in Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, two classy arts traditions from Kerala, by Kathakali Guru Shri Sadanam Balakrishnan and Mohiniyattam exponent Smt Pallavi Krishnan.

Radha-Madhavam is portrayed as a dialogue between Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, two fascinating arts traditions of Kerala that competently highlights the masculine and feminine elements of traditional dance.

The longing of Radha and Krishna for each other, the eternal tale of Indian literature and aesthetics, is devotionally carried forward through generations since the 12th century. The story never makes one bored; instead, each time its interpretation unveils another deeper meaning.

Sri Krishna is the Parama Purusha and Radha, his loving consort is the Prakriti. The whole universe, material and spiritual, is the creation of Radha - Krishna. The creation is immersed in everlasting joy at this selfless and blissful communion between the Prakriti and Purusha.

Krishna's flute sounds so powerful to the whole universe because it embodied the energy of the cosmos. His beauty, charm and musical skill impassion women everywhere. In the embrace of Krishna, the gopies, maddened with desire, found refuge; in their love dalliance with Radha-Krishna, they felt that joy and fulfilment which could not but be an aspect of the divine. Through their experience, thus, the erotic the carnal and the profane became but an aspect of the sublime, the spiritual and the divine. This cumulative myth sustained one basic point: for women, Krishna was a personal God, always accessible and unfailingly responsive.


The relationship between Radha and Krishna is the best example of human embodiment of love, passion and devotion at platonic level. Radha's passion for Krishna symbolizes the soul's intense longing and willingness for the ultimate unification with God. Thus, Krishna is the soul of Radha and in turn, Radha is definitely the soul of Krishna, making her the undivided form of Krishna.

This philosophical aspect is the highlight of the choreography that views Radha as the 'Jeevatma' and Krishna as the 'Paramatma'. Radha's longing for Krishna and their union is equated with the Jeevatma's ultimate merge with Paramatma, the point where the life becomes one with the soul. This process shall continue as long as the creation exists.