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First Adavu in Bharatanatyam – Tatta Adavu

The word Tatta literally means “to tap”. In this adavu, we are taught the Bharatanatyam way of leg tapping. This adavu involves only the use of legs unlike most other adavus.

As described in earlier post “More about Adavus”, every adavu has a Bol or syllable. The Bol is used to provide a rythym for the steps (like 1-2, 1-2-3 etc.) and also acts as a mnemonic for the steps. The Bol for Tatta adavu is “tai ya tai hi”.

Here is a representation of the steps:

1) While doing this adavu, you need to be in the Ardhamandal(half sitting) posture.


2) Place your Palms on the waist with the inside of the palm facing outside.

Hands Back

3) Please try to keep a practice of starting every Adavu with your right side(leg in this adavu). So first lift your right leg towards the inner thigh and then tap the floor with flat feet (say “tai ya”).

4) Once the right leg is grounded, repeat the same with the left leg (say ”tai hi”).

5) Continue the steps (“tai-ya”, “tai-hi”) till you have a good feel of the step. We would practice each step 30 times in around 3 minutes. Remember that the one tap each of left and right legs is counted as one step.

Simple Is’nt it? I shall post the details of next steps for Tatta adavu on next posts. Meanwhile look at the rest of the animation for the other steps in link.

Also Watch the Video for Tatta Adavu here.

You can hear the sollukettu here:


Happy Practicing!


  1. kavita


    You are doing a wonderful service to all of us. Please continue to post and make dance simple for the numerous eager minds and budding artistes.


  2. Mayuri

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  5. Anjali

    Hi Osandi, Thanks a lot for visiting this site. I appreciate the strong desire and efforts your are taking in learning the art. I have posted a lot of matter on the gesture, Abhinaya and some basic theory do go through them. It will improve your understanding on the subject. I shall be posting some more videos soon.

  6. madhavi

    HI Anjali!
    My name is Madhavi. I learnt dance for 8 yrs and now i wanted to start again after 10 yrs. your steps and the way you have put on te website is really good. I followed your steps again. i remeber my past days in kalakshetra in chennai.
    I remember tattu aduvus have 8 variations but here you have said only six viriations…. can you please tell me the other two.
    I live here in Connecticut.
    you are incredible.
    Thanks& Regards

  7. Anjali

    Hi Madhvi, thanks for visiting. Some have asked me this question. But I donot have the answer. I was thought only six. But I have learnt the other two variation after starting this blog. Thanks to the visitors who keep adding their ideas and opinion. Go the Tatta Adavu fifth or the sixth step, we had such a discussion earlier. Once again thanks for your kind words.

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  17. Shikha

    Hi Anjali
    I am a cabin crew living in Singapore and just started to learn Bharatnatyam.I am 24 years old.Its been 6 classes and I still find adavus very tiring.Is it a very common problem or its my age which is a barrier because most of the times we Indians learn classical dance at a very young age.However my Guruji is very patient with me and I feel lucky to have him as a Guru.Also I love your videos.Very helpful and beautifuly done.

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    Hi Anjali! Ihave done a little bit of bharatnatyam and kathak coures. Now I am practising with you as i am staying in a place where classical dances are not common and i tend to forget. You website is helping me a lot ……thanks a ton. I want to complete the full degree course online……can i get a certificate if i finish it…is there any option for exam……I stay in Sikkim,India.Please let me know….I would be soooo grateful
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  22. Sangeetha Nair

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  23. Aish

    My 3 year old daughter is attending bharathanatyam classes. She comes home and does some steps.. which I dont have any idea.. so just googled and your site is giving me so much of information.. Thank you so much

  24. Smile

    Hello,namaskaram.I know that Bharatnatyam tatta adavu has 8 have to stamp your foot eight times: Right foot: Tai ya Tai ya Tai Tai tam
    Left foot: Tai ya Tai ya Tai Tai tam.thanks.

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