Alexandra Vodopyanova (Mohana) - a Mohiniattam performer and a teacher.
Her way to Indian сlassical dance was long and unexpected. From early childhood, she danced classical ballet and folk dances, was fascinated by Irish dance. She was in first groups of Russians, who came to Ireland for learning dance. Studied directly in Dublin, Ireland. In 2005 she has won the World Championship of Irish dance and danced after that at the famous show “The Lord of the dance” by Michael Flatley.
After serious back injury Alexandra decided to move forward in Indian dance and began to study Mohiniyattam style under the guidance of Russian dancer Angelina Hake in the Jawaharlal Nehru Coultual Centre, Embassy of India in Moscow. Angelina was the Alexandra’s first teacher and the inspirer.
At that time, Alexandra also learned Odissi style from Russian student of Guru Sujata Mohapatra - Irina Komissarova. Alexandra has participated in Sujata Mohapatra’s training sessions in Moscow in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She has also taken part in a master-class of Shree P.T.Narendran, 2011, Kathak (comprehended a basic techniques from Shree Raghav Raj Bhatt), the history and classification of Indian theater according to Natya Shastra (a workshop of Dr.Pappu Venugopala Rao in St.Petersburg, 2013).
But the interest in Mohiniyattam isn’t lost. Conversely, it becomes the most attractive dance form for Alexandra.
She traveled to Kerala, visited the university Kerala Kalamandalam. In 2011 and 2014 took part in a workshop of Smt. Shyamala Surendran in St.Petersburg. But most of all, she was attracted by the dance style of the famous Mohiniyattam Guru – Padmashri Bharati Shivaji.
In 2012 Alexandra whent to study in Delhi under the guidance of the famous dancers Padmashree Bharati Shivaji and her daughter Srimati Vijayalakshmi. Since that time, Alexandra regularly visits her Gurus to improve her skills.
In 2014, Alexandra presented the solo program in the India International Centre in Delhi, during the festival “Mohiniyattam Collective. A Global Festival of Mohiniyattam” organized by Centre for Mohiniyattam under the guidance of Padmashree Bharati Shivaji and Srimati Vijayalakshmi.
Since 2013 Alexandra leads the "Lasya" school of Mohiniattam in the Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Center, Embassy of India in Moscow.
In 2016 she was awarded a scholarship for further study Mohiniattam style in India.
Now she is studying in India, Delhi