Malabika Sen dancing on Kalika Stotram

April 11th, 2008 by Anjali

Hello! From now on, I shall add some videos that I watch regularly. Just wanted to share with you some of my Favorites.

Today I am adding this video of Malabika Sen, a mesmerizing dancer from Kalamandalam Calcutta. I must have watched this dance nearly 40 -50 times. She is simply Superb. You can watch her other videos on youtube by the user name kalacal.

Actually I am a Fan of this Beautiful Dancer. 🙂

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26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Antje Apr 28, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Dear Anja,
    The video is really superb! Can you explain about the meaning of her dance and her hand gestures involved?

  • 2 Anjali Apr 30, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Thanks Antje for visiting the site. Let me know where you need clarification about gestures. I would love to explain it to you.

  • 3 Antje Apr 30, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Dear Anjali,
    Is it right that it is a dance about the goddess Kali? Do you have the lyrics of the song? Perhaps this would also explain the meaning of her gestures to me.

  • 4 Anjali May 8, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Yes sure I shall write another post on explaining this song and its gestures. Stay Tuned.

  • 5 Antje Jun 3, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Dear Anjali,
    did you already write the explanations somewhere and I missed them?
    Greetings from Antje

  • 6 Anjali Jun 4, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Not yet Antje. I shall do it soon.

  • 7 Beatrice Jun 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    What is so beautiful about this dancer is how soft her movements are combined with her perfect control. It is dreamy to wacth! I have not seen this softness in other dancing videos. Also the music is very beautiful: I would love to have a copy of it, if you know where it is from Anjali.

  • 8 Anjali Jun 10, 2008 at 1:08 am

    No friend, I donot have. If you find one, let us know

  • 9 pratyusha Jun 24, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Wow………….excellent and marvellous performance by Malabika sen.I really can’t stop dancing after watching this performance by her.I really can appreciate if you have any more videos of her posted soon.

  • 10 Bharatanatyam Aug 8, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Yes, she is very graceful. The song is wonderful, and 90% of the choreography is superb indeed! If Bharatanatyam is to expand outside South India, it has to include items like this.

  • 11 Lu Sep 6, 2008 at 11:01 am

    She’s really good! I saw her spectacle in Musee Guimet in Paris on may 2008 and loved it a lot. Do you know where I can find her DVD?

  • 12 Anjali Sep 6, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Hi Lu, No I donot know much about her and where her Cds are available. If you have some information or any cds do let me know.

  • 13 nigamaa Sep 18, 2008 at 4:27 am


    Is it right that it is a dance about the goddess Kali?

    phps i can answer this one step further. Usually Kalika does not refer to a goddess but is a name for the 10th and last incarnation of god Indra or Vishnu, one that is to come in the future. It needs to be analyzed if this is depicted correctly in the dance. Thus Kalika as mentioned in indian epics has virtually the same attributes in Koran or Bible, coming at the end of age to reestablish rightousness in a world of demons, thus Kalika means something like “end of Kali age”

    hope this helps

  • 14 Anjali Sep 19, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Nigama, i appreciate the attempt you made. It is the english spelling that must have caused the confusion. The pronunciation for Goddess Kali and Kali avatar is different. There is a difference between Goddess Kali or to be accurate Kaali and the 10th avatara of Vishnu, the Kalki. The above song describes the Goddess as one with the lotus eyes and blue complexion. Also it says she wears the ‘Munda mala’ ie a garland of skull. And Vishnu Avatara ‘Kalki’ is an amalgam of a horses head and a man’s body.

  • 15 nigamaa Sep 21, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Yeah, if you say so, the piece is about a goddess.
    I was able to read the name only, in an english translation
    of “Gita Govinda” Kalki was translated as Kalika, since I never read Kali as Kalika I was tempted to think the piece might be about Kalki.
    I hope you are well in your present place.

  • 16 Anshika Jan 14, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you Anjali Aunty for sending this video . Will you please send me some more video of this dancer ?

  • 17 Arun Apr 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Hello Anjali,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this video. Could you kindly post the lirics of the song. Also could you upload more sanskrit song videos on mother Kali, if you have?

  • 18 Kanista Apr 6, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Thank you for the vidoe. Malabika Sen is a wonderful dancer. I love her bhava’s and gestures.

  • 19 samrat Jul 9, 2010 at 2:36 am

    supurb malabikadi.

  • 20 aravindan viswanathan Jul 31, 2010 at 5:07 am


    I’m a male bharatanatayam dancer currently living in Heidelberg, Germany. Your website and efforts, have really helped me get back to the basics!! hats off to you for that!

    I have a query though, I want to perform this dance-kalika stotram. But since, I do not have any knowledge of Sanskrit, It would be really helpful.I could not get any translation on the nest, please help!!

    and certain mudras , I could not comprehend- at 0:31 she shows pathaka and tamrachudas- what are these weapons- the sickle and shield?!
    also, the other places, I could not understand the meanings of the meanings of the mudras are
    1:43- which weapon does the tripathka depict?

    eagerly awaiting your reply and help!



  • 21 Anjali Jul 31, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Aravindan thank you.
    @ 0.31 check image The pataka hasta refers to the Abhaya mudra and tamrachuda is the sickle as you have mentioned. @0.54 -0.56 Is a description of her appearance, where the avahita hands refers to bossom (but the padmakosha at the head “gajakumbho” ….i couldnt figure out as well.)
    @1.43 its the sword or a similar kind weapon
    2.30-2.44 I though see was talking about her status being above shambu (shiva) and bhrahma and that she is the most powerful (pls confirm)

  • 22 Aravinddan Viswanathan Aug 4, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Shri Anjali,

    Thank you for your immediate response!!! it’s very nice of you to take the efforts to clear my queries!!! thanks a ton!

    Yes, I could get the inference from what you had interpreted!
    thanks once again!

  • 23 Rana Jan 21, 2013 at 3:26 am

    There is another version of the video at this link

    The background audio is much better in this version

    Best wishes


  • 24 Antje Feb 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Here is a complete translation of the lyrics

  • 25 PRAMITA GOSWAMI Apr 6, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Malabika di is very graceful & wonderful dancer. I know her too closely. I am also from Kalamandalam,calcutta. This would be the performance at our golfgarden branch. Here, she was performing on goddess ‘kali’ and she was looking amazing when she performed any item on goddess ;’Durga’..
    thank u

  • 26 gargi ganguly May 30, 2013 at 2:22 am

    this site is most helpful to know this my case also