In what was her
maiden Delhi performance at Habitat Centre
, Devika's finish was obvious from the word go,Methil's
highly disciplined brilliance pervaded all aspects of the varnum,.the dancer's mature abhinaya with clarity of netrabhinaya and no fidgeting gesture or movement went from Sringar to Bhakti, Piercingly moving was the presentation.Endowed with an arresting stage presence too, Methil Devika
has all the makings for a bright future in the dance..
The Hindu/ V.R. Devika
Mohiniyattom is the dance of the enchantress and the dancer did enchant,The deep bends and the circular and semi-circular movements that Mohiniyattom is so well-known for, were etched with clarity by Devika
.What adds to her
expressive face are the uncluttered hand gestures and the suitable stances that flow gracefully.There is an innate artistry and humility in her
dance,The contrasting emotions that Devika
showed were eloquent enough to demonstrate her
virtuosity in abhinaya.
The Hindu/ Anjana Rajan
Beyond mere enchantment ,Devika
changed between the various characters with ease and refrained from over dramatisation.
The Telegraph/ Sruti Banerjee
The movements borrowed from Kuchipudi by Devika
to enact Parvati.The performer was sound in her
dance training and excelled in her
beautiful youthful expressions and perfect gestures stole the show,
Most enchanting was Devika
's Ashtapathi, a Kuchipudi performance based on the famous Krishna-Radhika story in Hindu mythology, where she
drew a parallel between divine love and earthly love,
Over the last few years, Devika
has performed across the length of the country at prestigious dance festivals including the Soorya International Dance Festival, Nishagandhi festival in Thiruvananthapuram,Maharaja Swathi Tirunal Music and Dance Festival, ChennaiPondicherry Dance Festival, South Zone Cultural Festival in Tanjavore,Swaralaya Dance Festival in Palakkad, Viswa-Bango Festival in Kolkata.She
played the lead role of Ganga in the Kuchipudi dance drama 'Gangavataranam' directed by Guru Satyapriya Ramana at Amaravathi Dance festival in Andhra Pradesh and for the TTD at Tirupati.
A graded artiste for the Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan for both Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattom, Devika
has performed for festivals organised by the Central Sangeeth Nataka Akademy, Delhi; Kerala Tourism, ICCR and the India Habitat Centre
, Delhi. She
has also staged performances for various fine arts associations abroad.Devika
has also conducted workshops and has been invited by various universities for lec-dems and paper presentations.Devika
's fulfillment as a dancer lies not in the scale of her
achievements but in her
continuous zeal to learn and research more about an art form she
has loved ever since she
took that first step on the dance floor at the age of four.
While in school, Devika
was awarded the Outstanding Junior Citizen of Palakkad District by the Junior Chamber of Commerce
has been awarded scholarships by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademy.She
has won the Kalathilakom title at the school and college youth festival competitions at the state and University levels and was conferred the Nrittamayuri title by the Lions Club
was awarded the Miss Event title for the management meet held at Hindustan Engineering College
, Madras University
, 1998.Devika has Masters degree in Business Administration (gold medallist from Madras University in 1998) and a Masters degree in performing arts (gold medallist, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkatta in 2000). Rabindra Bharati University
with the Nirod Baran Award for her
outstanding performance in the practical and theoretical examinations.She
has also qualified the UGC/NET (2000) for eligibility as lecturer in performing arts.Devika
is a recipient of the Ministry of Culture scholarship in Kuchipudi and is an empanelled artiste with the ICCR for Mohiniyattom.She has worked as an arts management consultant for some leading arts organisations in India and is also the official representative of the world's first off-campus degree program in Bharatanatyam conducted by Kalai Kaviri College of Fine Arts (Bharatidasan University), Tiruchirapalli.
A dance writer as well, Devika
has been among the panel of judges for the Kerala State Youth Festival, the biggest festival for students in Asia, for the competitions in Mohiniyattom and Kuchipudi. Devika
is currently furthering her
orientation for research in classical dance.She
dance school called 'Rakendu' the circle of Lasya, in Bangalore.