Jatiswaram

July 22nd, 2011 by Anjali

Jatiswaram is another Nritta piece. Here the advaus are performed to swara patterns. Like Sa , ni , da , pa. There is no Sahityam unlike Swarajati. Every Jati is alternated by Swarams. A jatiswaram has Charanams which are sung in swarams and followed by Pallavi every time.  There can be three or more charanams.

Jatiswarams are in different Ragams and Talams. The Tanjore quartets compositions are widely performed. Some famous composition are
Kalyani ragam Rupakam
Ragamalika in Misrachapu,
Vasantha in Rupakam.

Many have been asking how is Jatiswaram different from swarajati. One obvious difference is the presence of Sahityam in Swarajati, and none at all in Jatiswaram. Jatiswaram has Jatis (rhythmic syllables) included in its compositions. It is music applied to dance. While Swarajati is a pure musical form.

I will be demonstrating the one in Kalayani Ragam. Watch the first two parts of this Jatiswaram.

The first video demonstrates the first two jatis.

The second videos shows the third jati.

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dixhita adas Jul 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    hi………………….cud plz plz plz send me the downloading details of varnam…i wil be really vry thankful……….plz

  • 2 souvik ghosal Sep 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    hi…here 3 jatis are available, hw can i get rest other jati’s video? plz?

  • 3 Sangeetha Ananthanarayanan Lakshmanan Nov 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Good work Anjali! Hats off to u!
    A really helpful website for the art lovers like us!

  • 4 K.Yaminidevi Dec 18, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Hi mam i very much thankful to you for your online bharatanatyam.
    It is use full for my carrier . and i kindly ask you to continue this service it will help those who love bharatanatyam. I have learned all the adavus , jatiswaram, alaripu,and pushpanjali from your web site. you are my guru now mam and what will be the next to learn?
    and know i started a class in my house with the help of your online class. thanking you.

  • 5 Swathi Dec 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Hi, it’s really nice to have online Bharatanatyam. I am brushing up my bharatanatyam dance steps of Jatiswaram. It is really good. And I would really like to know where the Kalyani ragam jatiswaram which you have uploaded here can be available. If possible can you upload the song please.

  • 6 akshaya Dec 26, 2011 at 5:25 am

    plz can u put the jathiswaram vasantha in rupakam it would be really helpful..

  • 7 surya Feb 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    hi anjali,

    Can you post the bols for jatiswarams? please

  • 8 Jamie Mar 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I am glad I found this website, we are doing a natym and I am doing this dance. My teachers says that my facial expressions aren’t that great and I agree,will it come easy to a12 year old? I am worried and when ever I start doing facial expressions I start getting shy and laughing. Can you give me some tips? I feel sad because I failed the natym before and I always get depressed thinking about it and I failed it mainly because of facial expressions. So may people in the class are way better than me at facial expressions leaving me out as usual. I’ve only been learning an year, maybe it doesn’t come that quickly?

  • 9 praveen kumar p k Mar 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

    mam,
    i am really grateful to you that i got a wonderful chance through your website to understand details about the classical dance bharatanatyam.
    i would like to request you to go on teaching the interested people through ur website,…
    i am really looking forward to learn much more from you…
    thanking you
    praveen

  • 10 prathyush Mar 27, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    thanks for this website. want to download mp3 songs of jathiswaram,pusphanjali etc.can you upload it please.

  • 11 sankee Apr 16, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Hello, wonderful your teaching. can you also put which syllabus for grade1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6and 7 ?And i’m also your fan. keep up this service.it is very useful who interesting study dance.

    Thank you.

  • 12 moumita ganguly May 30, 2012 at 3:59 am

    i saw all the jathis but, when i was young and used to learn bharatanatyam, our solla kutta was a lil different. its kinda started the 1st jathi with, TALANGHAJHAM TALANGHAJHAM TALANGHAJHAM, TADIN KINATHOM, TALANGAJHAM TADIN KINATHOM, TALANGAJHAM TADIN KINATHOM, TEI HATH TARI TAKA TADIN KINATHOM, TAKA DITH TARI TAKA TADINKINATHOM, TEI HA DITH TEI DITH TEI DITH TEI…. and so on. I cant find it anywhere. god knows wat happened to that jathis origin??? i m a bit confused about it. i know it was bases on mishrachap.

  • 13 preethi Jun 14, 2012 at 7:21 am

    what is the “thahatha jham tari tha” adavu??

  • 14 Anjali Jun 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

    @preethi..its is tatti metti Adavu

  • 15 Lalita Jun 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Do you have the music of jatiswaram?

  • 16 MNK Jul 10, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Anjali, great work. Where can I get the audio for Kalyani Jathiswaram. Thank you

  • 17 Anjali Jul 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

    @MNK, You will find it here http://www.muzigle.com/album/natya-vedham-vol-1. Slight changes, but still works. You could buy the same one here http://kalakriya.com/Products.aspx?id=5#

  • 18 MNK Jul 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Thanks Anjali. I was listening to it and see there is some differrence. Is it possible to point out exactly what is different from your choreogrpahy? appreciate your help.

  • 19 Sreekala Unnikrishnan Jul 25, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Really it’s a good work by Teacher Anjali especially for new comers

  • 20 mamta Aug 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

    hiiiiiiiiiiii….i like yourself very much… the way of teaching is aweasome….

  • 21 adriana ananda Aug 23, 2012 at 6:11 am

    hi anjali,thanks for your classes I would like to ask what is difference between jatiswaran arabhi and kalyani and vasantha.Thanks again for your knowlegde.

  • 22 Anjali Aug 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    @Adriana, the difference is the Ragam that you have mentioned. If you listen to each of them there will be changes in the tune and that is because of the Ragam. Each ragam has got its own Arohanam(ascend) Avarohanam(descend). Also the changes in the Rhythm is because of the Talam-jati combination.

  • 23 kumutha Sep 4, 2012 at 3:51 am

    hai anjali can u send lyrics of jatiswaram.my daughter sing a song along mam or cd only. because she doesn’t know the lyrics.if u don’t mind plz send it.

  • 24 Sadhana Meijer-Gopalrai Mar 23, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Dear Anjali,

    Could you please tell me how to express the mudra / hasta for Hanuman? It’s very hard to find this.

    Many thanks for your help.

    Namaste

    Sadhana

  • 25 Anjali Apr 2, 2014 at 9:25 am

    @Sadhana, Lord Hanuman can be shown with both hand in padmakosha facing down that denotes a monkey. He can also be shown and son of Pavana. Use the gesture for pavana and followed by showing a kid or son. Other way could be shown as he holds the sanjeevani mountain in one hand and a mace on the other and lift one feet to show the lord in flight.

  • 26 Sadhana Meijer-Gopalrai Apr 3, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Many thanks for your reply regarding Hanuman hasta, Anjali dji.
    This have helped me to move forward with the dance expressions.

    Kind regards,

    Sadhana

  • 27 roopa Jun 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Hi anajali,
    Thanka a lot of the work you are doing. I am a dance teacher myself . Though i studied bharthanatyam from childhood and still continuing to learn , this website gave me an additional support and backing.Continue the good work.
    can you please, please send me the jatiswara in kalayani raga and roopaka thala. iI learnt this one when i was 6 year old . that was the first jatiswara i learnt. after that i learnt different once. but always fond of this one.