Ardhamandala in Bharatanatyam

October 3rd, 2007 39 Comments

Ardhamandala is the fundamental posture of Bharatanatyam. It is also known as Ayatam, Araimandi, Ukkaramandala, or the Half sitting posture. Pure Dance called Nritta involves frequent use of this posture. In this posture, the performer assumes a half sitting position with the knees turned sideways, and the spine erect. The arms are either extended out […]

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Four Points to consider with Ardhamandala Posture

August 6th, 2007 3 Comments

Ardhamandala is the basic posture in Bharatanatyam. It is a recurring motif that gives the distinctive geometrical nature to the movements in Bharatanatyam. Considering the importance of this posture, I would like to share four things a new student needs to take care: Ensure that the feet is planted firmly flat on the ground. One […]

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