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Mandakini Trivedi is the lineage bearer of Swami Shri Harish Madhukar’ssampradaya. Swamiji initiated her into many spiritual practices of the Sri Vidya path, as she lived and learnt from him. But it was his philosophy of Ananda Yoga or Integrated Happiness, which merged spirituality seamlessly with life - that had the greatest influence on her life and art.
The teaching method of Swamiji, or Babaji as he was lovingly known, could neither be called a ‘method’, nor could it be called ‘teaching’. He lived the teaching and the disciple learnt through direct experience & perception. Mandakini had the good fortune of spending a lot of time with The Master - travelling with him, reading with him, spending time at the ashram with him, watching his interactions with ordinary people, observing him go about routine chores in the most extraordinary ways, both cheerfully & mindfully. Each of these was a powerful learning experience that groomed her.
A dancer by profession, Mandakini found her true understanding of classical Indian Dance only after meeting Babaji. He seemed to embody all that was described in texts on Indian aesthetics, as the essence & purpose of the arts - JOY!
Spirituality & Art have come a full circle, becoming one with her persona. It is only due to the grace of Babaji, that Mandakini has been able to do pioneering work in the field of The Yoga of Indian Dance. She passes on this understanding to the next generation at the Nateshvari Dance Gurukul.
She has also authored ‘The Yoga Of Indian Dance’ & ‘Sutras On Dance’ to express her insights on the element of sadhana, in classical Indian Dance. In 2016, she was awarded the SangeetNatakAkademi Award for her work in MohiniAttam.
Before Babahi shed his mortal form, he founded the ShaktiygashramaGurukul, appointing Mandakini as its chairperson. Under Mandakini’s guidance, the ashram conducts residential programmes that integrate Spirituality, Ecology, Art, Wellness& Holistic Lifestyles to express the common thread of Yoga that runs through them. The ashram is also involved in rural, educational programmes.
Mandakini’s life is devoted to fulfilling her gurus work & vision in the field of spirituality, art and education.