Head movements or Shirobheda

May 6th, 2010 7 Comments

Head movements are also called Shirobheda. Shira or shirasa meaning ” Head” in sanskrit. The head  movements refer to the head positions, while expressing a particular bhava. There are Nine head movements. Sama : The head kept straight Udvahitam : Head Looking upwards Adhomukham : Looking Down Alolitam: Circular Movement of the head Dhutam: Right […]

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Alarippu

March 18th, 2010 55 Comments

The word Alarippu means “a flowering bud.” It is an innovatory piece meaning it is performed before a dancer begins a whole performance. It is considered to be a warm up piece for the dancers. According to T. Balasraswati “Alarippu, which is based on rhythm alone, brings out the special charm of pure dance. The […]

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Mandi Adavu Fourth variation

December 22nd, 2009 3 Comments

Here is yet another variation to mandi adavu. This is done 100 percent in purna mandi. Dancer would first jump in purna mandi. Then jump and place the right/ left  knee on the floor. Such a posture, where one knee rests on the floor is called Parshvasuci. The hands are in Tripataka hasta held in Natyarambhe. […]

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Jaati Adavu in Bharatanatyam part 3 (video)

September 11th, 2009 9 Comments

The Mishra Jaati and the Sankeerna jati is demonstrated here. Mishra has 7 beats Ta Ki Ta Ta Ka Dhi Mi. Sankeerna has 9 beat Ta Ka Dhi Mi Ta Ka Ta Ki Ta.

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Jaati Adavu In Bharatanatyam part 2 (video)

August 24th, 2009 9 Comments

This video demonstrates the Chatushra Jati and Khanda Jati. Chatushra Jati has 3 syllables (beats) Ta Ka Dhi Mi. Khanda Jati has 5 syllables (beats) Ta Ka Taa Ki Ta. Chatushra Jati can be done in two ways. 1. As we begin with the right side, tap your leg once and raise it on the […]

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Jaati Adavu in Bharatanatyam

August 18th, 2009 8 Comments

A Jaati is a pattern that  gives us the basic feel of a Thalam. Read the article Tala System to get a hang of how it works. What you need to understand as a beginner of Bharatanatyam is that there are five Jaatis. Every jaati is denoted by a set of syllables. They are: The […]

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Sutral Adavu Sollukettu (Audio)

August 12th, 2009 No Comments

The following is the sollukettu for sutral adavu. The Bols are Tat Tai Tam Dhit Tai Tam. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] If you would like to download this audio, right click here and save to computer

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Sutral Advau Fourth Variation (video)

July 30th, 2009 2 Comments

This step incorporates a number of leg position and movements in it. For example we begin with the Araimandi, move on to the full sitting posture (muzumandi or purna mandala) and finally end in the Stanaka position. Other position used are the prerita and Alidha. The Bols are Tat Tai Tam Dhit Tai Tam which […]

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Teermanam Adavu Fourth step (video)

August 6th, 2008 2 Comments

The fourth variation is very similar to the earlier steps. It only involves an additional foot tap at the beginning. The Bols are Tai Tai Tai Dhit Dhit Tai. 1. Be in Ardhamandala posture with hands held in Tripataka close to the chest. 2. Tap your right leg in the above position. Say Tai 3. […]

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Kurma Hand Gesture (Mudra)

June 27th, 2008 No Comments

While the hands are in chakra hasta, bend all the fingers (except the thumb and the little fingers) and hold the palms tight. Lets take a look at the viniyoga shloka Kurmarthe viniyujyate The shloka says that this hasta is used to denote a Tortoise. The Kurma Avatar of Lord Vishnu is also denoted by […]

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