TattiMetti Adavu First Step

April 28th, 2008 by Anjali

I am posting the explanation of the first step of TattiMatti Adavu. The Bols for this Adavu is Tat Tai Ta Ha, Dhit Tai Ta Ha. Also watch the video of the first step here.

1. Be in Ardhamandala with hands held in Tripataka gesture close to the chest.

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2. Now Tap the right leg. Right hand is stretched out with Tripataka facing up and the left hand is close to the chest in Tripataka facing down. Say Tat.

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3. Then tap the left leg. Bring back the right hand close to the chest with Tripataka facing down and left hand is stretched out with Tripataka facing up. Say Tai.

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4. Now jump on the toes. Hand position is same as above. Give a slight pushing movement with the right elbow while you jump. It is as if striking with the Elbow. Say Ta.

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5. Tap the right leg while the heels of the left foot is still raised. Hands being in the same position, only turn the left palm down (ieTripataka facing down) and right palm facing up close to the chest. (ie Tripataka facing up. Say Ha.


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The following is the description of the step for the steps on the other side. You can Mirror the above images for these steps.

6. Now Tap the Left leg. Left hand is stretched out with Tripataka facing up and the Right hand is close to the chest in Tripataka facing down. Say Dhit.

7. Then tap the Right leg. Bring back the left hand close to the chest with Tripataka facing down and Right hand is stretched out with Tripataka facing up. Say Tai.

8. Now jump on the toes. Hand position is same as above. Give a slight pushing movement with the right elbow while you jump. It is as if striking with the Elbow. Say Ta.

9. Tap the Left leg while the heels of the Right foot is still raised. Hands being in the same position, only turn the Right palm down (ie tripataka facing down) and Left palm facing up close to the chest. (ie tripataka facing up. Say Ha.

Now you can watch the video of the first step here.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Vishwa Protim Banerjee Jul 6, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Namaskaram maam, I am getting difficulties in practicing tattimetti adavu in druta kalam. Comparing to visharu adavu, tattimetti sollukattu seems a bit faster in druta. Kindly help
    P.S. Do i need to practice more? Also thank you very much for this blog.

  • 2 Anjali Jul 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

    @Vishwa, both tatti metti and teermanam has been sung in a speed higher, because we often use them in 3 and 4 speeds. So what you are practicing is the 2,3 & 4 speeds.

  • 3 Rita Aug 28, 2011 at 5:11 am

    My teacher had given me completely different steps for Tattu-mitu, whose bol is ” ta- ki-ta-ta-ka-di-mi’. Can you explain it? Besides, there is some difference in the adavu bols that i had learnt from my teacher. Is i due to Bengalicization?

  • 4 Anjali Aug 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

    @Rita, As far as bols are concerned, I guess she must be singing in Misra. I cannot comment about the steps unless I see them.

  • 5 vanaja Aug 31, 2011 at 12:22 am

    hi anjali. i came across your site recently. You are doing a great job. i’m also a bharatanatyam dancer, residing in malaysia. i have a 2 year old daughter now. i wanted to teach her this wonderful art. but i fear that, its too early for her as she can’t be focused with my teaching. please advice me what should i do…

  • 6 lara May 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

    your steps are easy mam . Iam very happy to learn this from you

    THANKYOU SOMUCH