Abhinaya Expert Padamabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan

January 8th, 2009 No Comments

This an interview by Ranjani Saigal published on Lokavani.com. While the art of Bharatanatyam dates back to over 2000 years, the tradition in its current form was reestablished only around the time of the freedom movement. Padmabhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan was the first non-devadasi girl to learn this art form and perform it on stage. She […]

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Teermanam Adavu Tenth Variation (video)

January 4th, 2009 No Comments

Now this step is a combination of the earlier steps. Such combinations are very often used to end the jathis or a sequence of nritta (pure dance). Here it is the combination of seventh, eight and the ninth variation. The bols are Tai Dhit Dhit Tai, Tai Tai Dhit Dhit Tai, Tai Tai Tai Dhit […]

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Teermanam Adavu Ninth Variation (video)

January 2nd, 2009 No Comments

Ninth Step is very similar to the previous ones. The Bols are Tai Tai Tai Dhit Dhit Tai. Its has three legs taps (Tai) at the beginning followed by Dhit Dhit Tai (ie sixth variation).

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Garuda Hand Gesture (Mudra)

July 7th, 2008 No Comments

When both the hands in Ardhachandra hasta are placed over one another and only the Thumbs are interlocked we get the Garuda hasta. Lets take a look at the viniyoga shloka Garudarthe Viniyujyate Its says that this hasta is used to denote a Hawk. It can also denote birds flying.

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Visharu Adavu in Bharatanatyam

July 4th, 2008 5 Comments

Visharu Adavu involves swinging of hands in different directions ie sideways, up and down. Leg movements are simple and straight in one line. A Concept of shoulder pulls is also introduced later here. This Adavu is also called as Mardita adavu or Paraval adavu. The mudras used are Alapadma, katakamukha, Tripataka and Pataka. The sollukettu […]

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TattiMetti Adavu Second step

May 6th, 2008 2 Comments

The second step is very similar to the first one. Read the explanation and I am sure this will be easier for you to understand. The Bols are Tat Tai Ta Ha Dhit Tai Ta Ha. Watch the video of the second step here. 1. Be in Ardhamandala with hands held in Tripataka gesture close […]

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TattiMetti Adavu First Step

April 28th, 2008 6 Comments

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. 2. Now Tap the right leg. […]

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Ardhasuchi Hand Gesture (Mudra)

April 15th, 2008 5 Comments

If in the Kapitta gesture, the Index finger is kept straight and the thumb is slightly moved up, we get Ardhasuchi hand gesture. lets take a look at the Viniyoga shloka of Ardhasuchi Ankure pakshishavaade bruhatkite niyujyate It says that Ardhasuchi is used to denote Sprouts Chicks or small ones of the birds Big Worms

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Vyagraha Hand Gesture (Mudra)

April 15th, 2008 No Comments

When the hands are held like paws of a tiger we get Vyaagraha Hasta. Lets take a look at the Viniyoga Shloka (uses) vyadhe bheke markatecha suktau sanyujyate karaha Shloka says that such a gesture is used to denote A Tiger A frog An Ape Nacre. Nacre is crystalline aragonite or calcium carbonate. Shellfish and […]

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Visharu Adavu Fourth Step (Video)

March 14th, 2008 3 Comments

This Visharu Adavu step is one of the popular steps in the dance items. I believe the beauty of this step mainly depends on the Dola hasta. If this Dola is not held perfectly the charm is lost. Work on the Dola hasta before learning this step. It can also be done without the Dola […]

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