Kapi Tillana

September 21st, 2012 15 Comments

I have demonstrated the Kapi Tillana composed by MD is Ramanathan (often known as MDR) sung by Prince Rama Varma in Adi Talam Tisra Gati. The moment I heard him sing I could feel the steps marching in. This is an inspired choreography. A very simple Tillana that can be learnt by intermediate level students. […]

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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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Mandi Adavu in Bharatanatyam

November 10th, 2009 4 Comments

Mandi in some Indian languages refers to area around the thigh and knee. In some instance we can refer it to a bent knee. Eg: Araimandi is where the knee is half bent. Muzumandi or poorna mandala is where the knee is fully bent. In mandi adavus we make use of the Muzumadi position often. […]

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Mandi Adavu First and second variation

November 10th, 2009 5 Comments

The first variation uses the Shikhara and pataka hand gesture. Begin the step with a jump down to the Muzumandi mandi position. Hands in Shikahra hasta. Say Ta Ka. Then rise up facing the left. Left leg bent and right leg stretched back on the toes. Left hand in Shikara and right hand in Pataka […]

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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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Sutral Adavu First variation

May 7th, 2009 3 Comments

The following is the video of first variation in sutral adavu. The Bols are Tat Tai Tam, Dhit Tai Tam. Since this step has two parts, two sets of Tat Tai Tam Dhit Tai Tam would complete one side.

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KudittaMetta Adavu Fifth and Sixth variation (video)

April 24th, 2009 No Comments

The following video demonstrates the fifth and the sixth variation of KudittaMetta. The Bols are Tai Gha, Tai Ghi.

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KudittaMetta Adavu Sollukettu (audio)

April 13th, 2009 4 Comments

Here is the sollukettu for KudittaMetta Adavu. The Bols are Tai Gha, Tai Ghi. [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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KudittaMetta Adavu First and second variation (video)

April 9th, 2009 2 Comments

Following is the video for the first and the second variation of KudittaMetta. The Bols are Tai Gha Tai Ghi. The most commonly used hand gestures are Alapadma and Katakamukha. In the first variation the hand moves with every sylable. Which means at Tai the hands are stretched out and jump on the toes. At […]

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KudittaMetta Adavu in Bharatanatyam

April 9th, 2009 2 Comments

Kuditta Metta refers to Jumping on the toes and then striking the heels. The initial jump though not very obvious. Both jumping and striking the heels are executed in the Araimandi position. It is also known as Guditta Metta. I have read somewhere (cannot recollect the source) KudittaMetta is also referred as Kutta Adavu. May […]

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