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Adavu (The initial steps)

Bharatanatyam blogger Shreenidhi has a posting on Adavu positions. The basic positions described are:

  1. ARAIMANDI Half Seated Position.
  2. SAMAPADAM Legs Together
  3. MANDI Full Seated Position

The positions “Araimandi” is synonymous with “Ardhamandal” and “Samapadam” is synonymous with “Sama” mentioned in my “Day – 1” posting.

Adavu Positions [The Art of Bharatanatyam]

To read more about Adavus click here.


  1. Shreenidhi

    Hey i feel great that you are blogging about dance too. I would also like to know that how you started learning dance, where, who is ur guru? etc; etc:

  2. Anjali

    Thanks for visting my site. I located your site on Google and found it good. i shall be posting my details on About page soon. Thanks again.

  3. Deepthi

    Hi Anjali, Excellent explanation by you about ADAVU. I was looking for these basics for my 4yr daughter who’s crazy about Bharatnatyam. I need more information on Nattadavu 5&6th steps

  4. Anjali

    Hi Deepthi, Thanks for visiting this blog. Take a look the Index page. I have posted the explanation as well as the video for 5th and 6th step. Still if you have any doubts feel free to ask.

  5. Kryna Patel

    hello this is kryna i am a student learning bharatnantyam and enjot it umm if u can send all the steps to bharatnantyam that would be the best umm andd yeah hope to hear from you 🙂

  6. Chandini

    Hi Anjali,
    I was very happy to come through this website. I learned Barthnatyam for 2 yrs when I was young but could not continue it. Now Iam 27 and love to dnace. I used to do many folk dances in school days but I was very keen on learning Barthnatayam. I was very impressed with the efforts you have put into this website. I have started to learn from this site and enjoying it. I wanted to know how many times or days we need to practise the same adavu step ( to get good posture and balance )before starting the next adavu step? I want to send my daughter (now 3yr old) to dance class, what is the minimum age to start?
    Love this website.

  7. Anjali

    Hello Chandini, Thank you for the kind words. Regarding correct posture, I feel you must have somebody to correct you. A beginner would not be able to understand if he or she is right or wrong. Once you have the corrections with you, practicing becomes effective. Practice each step untill you can do it uninterrupted in the third speed. Kids start learning at the age of 5 and 6. Parents like you who already have some knowledge can always initiate your child.

  8. deepti

    Hi , I have learned dance 5 years ago but i know after seeing the steps i am able to dance now . Do u have cd or dvd of full dance steps or taal , i want to reculact dance .

  9. Ansar

    hI,anjali I’m very happy to come through this website,I’m a classic dance lover especially bharthanatya unfortunately I don’t know much about this could I get any c.d /books to know more about this dance form,I hope you can help me to know about bharathanattyam

  10. Anjali

    Hello Ansar,
    Thank you. Some good books that should help you in the introduction of the dance form is Abhinaya darpanam and natyashastra which is vast. The book ” Dance dialects of India” by Ragini Devi is a good read for people like you.
    What kind of Cds are you looking for?

  11. nigamaa

    Thanks for the hint to Dance Dialects, btw recently I aquired a DVD : “Karana Prakaranam – Marga Tradition Revived by Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam”. I bought it because it advertises to be in accord with Natyashastra. Anyhow one of my Natyashastras discovered that the Shastra is a conglomerate of various previous, unrelated books. Which makes sense to me to wait for an authoritive edition.

  12. Bhavya

    Hi Anjali ,
    Thank you for the great site.I’m a final year student of Electrical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur.I’ve a great interest in learning classical dance but do not have time to take regular classes. Initially I wanted to learn kuchipudi and I’ve searched for learning sites but couldn’t find a site as useful as yours.When I’ve found your site I was very happy.I’m slowly browsing through the site whenever I’m getting time. Can you make it more elaborate by giving information of mudras and all in the beginning.


  13. tejaswini

    hiii anjali,i feel very great about u, i started lerning after i saw this blog. its really excellent, there is no words to pen down… its really really helpful to me. i have been lot of interest to learn dance since my childhood but the opportunity is come now. i am utilising this blog my level best,,,,,,, thanx alottttt…. i learnt namaskar, and adavus intial steps,, now i entered into adavus but i didnt understand how to start and i didnt get how to know i am perfect or not on those steps……
    plzz give a small suggetions to me plzzzzzzzzzzz

  14. Anjali

    @Sandali,Inthu, Shubha, thanks a lot for your kind words.
    @Tejaswini, Thank you. This website is only a reference. So you will need a teacher or some one who has learnt to correct you in the steps.

  15. Meghna

    Hey this is a wonderful site… U knw learning any classical dance form is my chilhood dream… due to some circumstances I was not able to join any dance classes that time.. Now m 23 years old and a bit stable in my career.. Still cant manage to join regular dance classes because of the time constraint.. But here I see some hope… 🙂

  16. chelvi thyagi

    Pls. load videos for all the adavu’s. There are videos only for few. You are doing amazing job…I love it.

  17. Vidya Sagar

    Hi , my kid is of 4 years and wish her to learn Bharatanatyam. Do u have cd or dvd of full dance steps or taal.


  18. Pratyashi

    Dear Sir,

    Sir can you tell me something about adavus like why are there adavus in bharatanatyam only why not in other classical dances,its origin.Sir I learn Bharatanatyam in Pushpanjali dance acamdemy- Guru- Shrimati Pushpa Bhuya. I have an assessment about adavus, sir I have to submit it on 10th July.So, can you please help me?


  19. Anjali

    @Pratyashi, Adavus are basic technique and it is practiced in most classical dances. Every classical dance has got its own set of adauvs.

  20. lakshminarayana

    Hy this is lakshmi thanks for the visiting the site i i got more information this is the very good site i like it

  21. lakshminarayana

    hi this is lakshmi narayan i like this site because here nice & very good information about Barathanaatyam dance & other also

  22. Arusha

    i wanted steps for vandhemataram for my daughter (4 yrs), who is having a solo dance competition . I’ll be very grateful if u can suggest some videos or some dance steps so dat she can dance for 2-3 minutes. thank u.

  23. ragamai

    madam i am fan of bharatanatyam and I am practicing it from your blog and I have a doubt that after araimandi you didn’t put a video on remaining adavus’s so please keep them also

  24. shalini

    hi anjali ur site has helped my daughter a great deal with her efforts on bharatnatyam. she is now on visharu adavu. thanks a ton.always looking forward to new postings.

  25. Tirthadipa Pradhan

    Hey Anjali, thanks for uploading the adavus….i find it useful this way to remember the simple steps (which i forget very often 🙁 )…good job dear…also i wanted to know does pakkadavu and rangakramana have the same movements? thank you!

  26. s.malliga

    I can learn easily your step. I am very interested in children. But i have no support in family side , because my family is uneducated fellow. my age is 43, I can do all step and i hope it.

  27. srija

    Hello Anjali,
    Its really very nice and great to see this online Bharatanatyam tutorial this helps alot for people who have a great passion and interest to learn Bharatanatyam and can not learn by a Guru at their place by some reasons. I thank you for starting a new kind of revolution by teaching Bharatanatyam by using social networking sites. Coming to my issue Iam very much interested in learning Bharatanatyam i had also classes when i was a kid for 6 months but due to my illness i could not continue it every time i see a classical dancer i really use feel sorry for myself. I am dedicated to learn Bharatanatyam but i can not approach a Guru and learn due to some reasons so I am asking your suggestion Iam 20 years now and persuing my degree i can spend a half an hour to 1 hour time every day, so can i learn Bharatanatyam full fledged by your course and in how many days can i complete dose i complete the whole study by following your lessons or only the basics??
    can you please guide me about these queries?
    Thank You,
    Waiting For Your Reply,

  28. Arya murali

    Hi Anjali,,i feel great aftr wisiting ur site,really it is a great thig those who are interested in danz lime me,i leard classical danc for 4 yeras whn i wsa small,now am 22yrs old,resently i met with an accident brokn my leg,aftr dat i loose my confidence to u think it is a rit tym to start agan dans in dis age?if u hav any vedeos of ur classes kindly try to sent my mail..

  29. Anjali

    @Arya, I hope you feel better soon. I believe in getting back to whatever interests you soon. Consult your doctor for precautions and get started.

  30. pallavi

    hi….i have already completed my course of Bharatnatyam…but from last 4 years i am not able to continue the same…now i want to start it again….will u able to guide me…then i am very musch greatfull to u…


  31. Divyagayatri

    Hai Anjali
    iam Divya from Guyana. iam crazy with Bharathnathyam but i didn’t get any chance to learn. Now i would like to learn. Ur videos and explanations are very helpful. thank u

  32. kusuma

    Hi mam, i love dance, i am very happy to find this site here
    will you please send medvds or videos,thanks fro everything

  33. Gayatri

    Hiii Anjali , I would like to ask u a question
    i am a 23 yr old girl , i love to dance and am really fascinated by bharatnatyam dance style but couldn’t manage to learn it ever , do u think is it appropriate to start to learn bharatnatyam at this age.

    waiting for your reply….

  34. sakthi

    thanks for such as website. I wanted to learn but my parents did not allow me. now i got a guru in this form thanks so much

  35. Anand

    Hello Anand..i want tolearn intrest in it took me to search abt it in google and i found ur website..guess am going tolearn much abt it througy your website…thankyou madam..please provide me information at my mail id..thankyou:-)

  36. Rukmani

    Hi Anjali,

    Nice to see this website and the responses. Could you pls help me in getting the Sollukettu in vcd format which you have for my daughter

  37. parimal raj viswanathan

    Thank you very much for providing online..but then keyword that you have provided helps to find images on google and give a clear picture to know us to perform learning dance.

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