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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Jatiswaram part 3

December 23rd, 2011 3 Comments

In previous posts, jatiswaram part 1 and part 2, we talked about the structure of Jatiswaram, Pallavi and charanam.  ” Da” Charanam was demonstrated in the previous posts. The following videos demonstrate the Charanams “Ni” and “Sa”.   1. Ni piece   2. Sa Piece.

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Eye Movements or Drishthi Bheda

June 25th, 2010 17 Comments

Drishthi in sanskrit meaning “Vision”. In relation to our eyes it means “sight” or “to see”. The classification of these eye movements are based on how we move the eye balls. Infact we use each of them in our every day routine. Just a matter of identifying with their names. There are eight types of […]

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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 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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Introducing Forums

September 16th, 2009 13 Comments

Introducing Forums






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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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Pada-artha, Vakya-artha and Sanchari

April 27th, 2009 5 Comments

Recently one of my readers had asked about the following concepts. 1. Pada-artha 2. Vakya-artha 3. Sanchari Thought I shall do a posting on this. They form an important part of Nritya and Natya. Often considered when Abhinaya dance pieces like Padam or a varnam is being choreographed. Every padam or varnam has the above concepts […]

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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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