More about Adavus

July 21st, 2007 by Anjali

Let us explore on Adavus a little more. The word “Adavu” means basic step. Adavus forms the ABC’s of pure dancing(Nritta) in bharatanatyam. Just like a combination of alphabets give words and thereafter sentences, adavus are combined to form a dance sequence in Bharatanatyam.

An Adavu is the combination of:

  • Position of the legs (Sthanakam)
  • Posture of our standing (Mandalam)
  • Walking movement (Chari)
  • Hand gestures (nritta hastas)

All the four done in synchronization with Rhythm or Tala is ADAVU. Every Adavu will have certain number of steps and would have a BOL or Sollukattu or syllable like “Tai Ya- Tai Hi”.

Following are the Ten important Adavus that a new student is asked to practice thoroughly:

  1. Tatta Adavu
  2. Natta Adavu
  3. Visharu Adavu (Mardita Adavu or Paraval Adavu)
  4. TattimittiAdavu
  5. Tirumanam Adavu
  6. Murka Adavu
  7. Jati Adavu
  8. Kuditamitta Adavu
  9. Mandi Adavu
  10. Sarikal Adavu

Some parents and students have often asked me why should we learn these steps and not the dance directly?
A child when starts schooling , learns the alphabets first. Imagine if they were taught words directly!!!
Learning just the adavus and practicing them for a while helps the students to :
1. to develop flexibility and overcome the initial muscle cramps and sore feet at the beginning stages.
2. attain right posture
3. develop stamina
4. become aware to the sense of Talam (Rhythm) and kalam (speed)
5. become Swift and agile and attain control over the body.

Generally During the first year of Bharatanatyam coaching, a student is trained only in Adavus, and Nritta Hasta or Hand Gestures. Gaining perfection over Adavus is the most important.

I shall describe about TATTA Adavu in my next post.

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69 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lakshana Jul 25, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Do you teach grade 5 syllabus

  • 2 Julie Oct 3, 2013 at 12:56 am

    This is truely an amazing website. Your language of description is so clear and your use of animation and video makes this the most comprehensive site I have come across!

  • 3 Drishti Panchal Apr 2, 2014 at 2:31 am

    Respected mam,
    thank you so much for your guidance…..
    please keep on postiing , so that my basics can be solid perfect…..please post every details you now as i am majorly watching it and learning, THANK YOU SO MUCH…

  • 4 Vidya Aug 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Hi angali, I am a dance student and I must check the meaning of these items please tell me what is the meaning of nirutham, niruthiyam and korvai ?

  • 5 kiran Oct 6, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Hi, Anjali ma’am I m very lucky that I saw your videos and knew about you.You are really amazing. Thanks for your videos.

  • 6 Sarita Jan 3, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Could you pls tell me the sollukattus of all the adavus

  • 7 preety Apr 17, 2015 at 4:36 am

    i like it

  • 8 Chitra Jul 16, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    This is not exactly as how i learned bharatanatyam in my old batch. But this is very informative thanks.!

  • 9 Priya Vijayan Sep 13, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Thank you for this

  • 10 suman Sep 20, 2015 at 3:46 am

    hi mam after the 10 aduvus which s the next form

  • 11 Devisri Sundarrajan Oct 23, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Hi Anjali,I am also a classical dancer. Kudos to your great work! Very neat explanation of adavus and the basic concepts. Keep doing this wonderful job!

  • 12 Sarada krishna May 27, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Hi, Anjali thank you

  • 13 Prisha Jul 27, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Can u pls tell me the meaning of the adavus itself

  • 14 shefali sonecha Jun 21, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Hi, when should we learn the sutral adavu? It’s not mentioned above in the basics of bharatnatyam. Which level is it considered?

  • 15 Anjali Jun 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Murka Adavu is Sutral adavu

  • 16 jayu Jan 30, 2018 at 5:22 am

    i got anwser

  • 17 Sibin J Nov 1, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Where is “thei thei thath dha dhith thei thath dha” & “Dith theyum tha tha thei”adavu ?

  • 18 Ishani S G May 18, 2019 at 9:58 pm