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Natta Adavu – Second Step

Hope you have read the post on the first step for Natta Adavu. The second step for Natta Adavu is completely similar. The only change is that you have to repeat the actions twice on each side. This would mean that the bols (sollukattu) “tai yum tat ta tai hi ya ha” is completed on one side before moving to the other side.

Here are the details for the second step (Please refer images in the first step post)

1. Keep both your hands stretched out in Tripataka mudra facing the floor and be seated in Ardhamandal position.


2. Stretch your right leg in Alidha position. The right leg is stretched in such manner that only the heel is resting on the floor and the toes are facing upwards. Simultaneously turn the right arm in Tripataka mudra to face up – say “tai yum”. Note that the left arm remains in Tripataka mudra facing down.


3. Bring your right leg back to Ardhamandal position with a tap and turn the right arm in Tripataka mudra downwards as in 1 above (say “tat ta”).

4. Again, repeat the steps above on same side (right). Stretch your right leg in Alidha position and turn the right arm upwards so that Tripataka mudra face the ceiling (say “tai hi”).

5. Bring your right leg back to Ardhamandal position with a tap and right arm in Tripataka mudra downwards as in 1 above (say “ya ha”). This completes one count for this step.

6. For the second count repeat the actions from two to five (above) on the left side. This completes another count for this step.


  1. Nina

    Hello, Anjali!
    You know, I live in Russia (that’s why I’m sorry for my English – I had no practice for a long time…) I likes Indian dances from the age of 13 but only at 29 I’s taken the possibility to finde information about Bharatanatyam. I’v spent about a month in the Internet recerching. And now I see youre site – and I’m happy!
    Thank you so very much! Please – go on!

  2. Anjali

    Its great to know that this blog is helping you.Thanks a lot for your encouraging words. Stay tuned ……Do not hesitate to send in your precious comments.

  3. suneetha

    Really great job Anjali, I felt very happy by visting this site, I learned Bhratanatyam till Jatiswaram after that beacuse of my education i kept it aside but u know i strongly feel only one thing dancing is nothing but giving “Atma nivedyam” to God now i doing job in a MNC , Now i found time to practice u r site is really helping me to recollect all my mudras, jumping steps,Tattadugus,Natuaddugus all really thanks alot …………..

  4. Anjali

    Hi suneetha, good to know that you have started your practice again. Infact any task we do in this world should be with the attitude of naivedyam. Then such a task becomes a worship. Thanks a lot for adding this beautiful thought to this blog. I wish you good luck.

  5. smitha ranjith

    Hello, Anjali,
    your dance is very nice, I studied only one year but i forget everthing, but now i am teaching my daughter bharathanatyam in a dance school, she is 4 yrs now, she is also interested, we r in UAE, ur site is very helpful for me to guide her.

  6. lakshmi prasanna

    excellent anjali..this is so nice you r also so cute.this is very helpful to us to learn dance.i am very much interested but i have no chance till now you r super try to do more to help us thnak you very much

  7. savitha

    Thank u madam……for dis work..dis site is very good to learn d basics n all……i m very much interested in dancing since my childhood…I studied a little only…bcz of financial problem I couldnt complete d study… its my passion…..nw I m interested to continue bt I couldn’t…….I searched in internet n hav seen ur site…i m happy to learn …..its very good to learn …….nicely u explains everything…i feel like learning infront of a teacher….very much thankful to u madam…..

  8. Purvi

    hi Anjali, please post videos of Natta Avadu as in the previous tatta Avadus to get a clear undersanding ,,thanks for good explanation

  9. Mam

    Hi Anjali,

    Very neat explanation. Liked it a lot. Also with pics for reference, very helpful.

    I was trying to find information on different styles of Bharatanatyam, more on Kalamandalam style. Can you be of help here? What is the difference between Kalamandalam and Kalakshetra?

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