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Natta Adavu in Bharatanatyam

“Natta” means to stretch and so the Adavu involves some stretching compared to the Tatta Adavu we explored earlier. And compared to Tatta Adavu, the Natta adavu involves heel contacts of the feet. Thus word “Nattu” in Tamil is also referred to “Perching of heels”. So get ready for some stretching and synchronization of hands and legs!  🙂

The bols (sollukattu) for this Adavu is “tai yum tat ta tai hi ya ha”. You would see that the basic leg postures used in this Adavu is Ardhamandal and Alidha. Ardhamandal was used in Tatta Adavu and we will see the Alidha postures in the explanation for this Adavu. Click on the links below to learn the steps

  1. Natta Adavu – First Step
  2. Natta Adavu – Second Step
  3. Natta Adavu – Third Step
  4. Natta Adavu Fourth Step
  5. Natta Adavu – Fifth Step
  6. Natta Adavu – Sixth Step
  7. Natta Adavu – Seventh Step
  8. Natta Adavu – Eight Step
  9. Natta Adavu – Ninth Step
  10. Natta Adavu – Tenth Step
  11. Natta Adavu – Eleventh Step
  12. Natta Adavu – Twelfth Step
  13. Natta Adavu – Thirteenth Step


  1. Vishwa

    Namaskaram maa’m, here in natta adavu two syllables stand for one leg tapping, unlike all other adavus you have shown. But my guru has taught me one syllable for one leg tapping,i.e., tai, then yum, then tat, then ta….and so on. I am confused which one is correct? pls explain…

  2. Destini

    Hello, Anjali. I just wanted to know how often we should practice each of the adavus. Since we obviously do not have a guru present to help us perfect our moves, how often should we repeat each adavu?

  3. Jessil

    Hi Anjali mam,

    Kudos for the wonderful site and the efforts taken to pass the beautiful dance form to the next generation.Through this site we are also becoming a part of this great responsibility.

    Thank you so much!!!!!!

    Could you please provide couple of things more.

    Audio (alone) of Dance sequences posted in the site.
    It would be really helpful and will get a complete satisfaction if we could practice with the audio and the steps being taught here.

    and is it possible to post an exercise video which we do before doing the practice or learning the lessons each time.

    Please help…

    Thank you in advance!!!


  4. Meenakshi

    Hello Anjali,I need help in teaching dance to my Dougherty on guru vandna by Uma Mohan.please reply soon.

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