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Tatta Adavu in Bharatanatyam

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”.

Click on the following links to read more on every Step.

Tatta Adavu First step

Tatta Adavu Second step

Tatta Adavu Third step

Tatta Adavu Fourth step

Tatta Adavu Fifth step

Tatta Adavu Sixth step


  1. MINA

    my name is mina. Please can u send me a website for all step for bharatnayam so i can tell my daughter she just start a bharatnatayam class………..

  2. Natti

    Hi Anjali

    Can you please tell me how many times a day I have to practise. I have started Tatta Adavu-all the 6 steps, but i dont know how many times i have to practice to be perfect. I am going through the theory every day. i am still confused with the timetable. Please help me.
    thank you so much for your inspiration

  3. Anjali

    @Natti, I check the index under video. I have posted all the videos in the sequence we need to learn. Sure I will update the site with a self study format.

  4. Meena

    Hi Anjali..
    im truly in awe of your highly informative website and how patiently you have explained everything in video format! truly commendable. I learnt bharatnatyam from 7 yrs till 12 yrs of age. after 18 yrs now, i want to start learning this great art again and teach my daughter and her friends too. I do recall everything after seeing your videos and reading your beautifully explained theory. I had a request; could I use your website as a guideline when i start classes of my own. Kindly let me know. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you! Once again..Hats off to you. 🙂

  5. Seema S Nair

    hi Anjali
    my name is Seema, i would like to stady Bharatanantyam.i like your way of presenting too. so plssss help me

  6. Neetu Ghose

    I am in second year Bharatnatyam Class , gandharav gharana ,learning bharatnatyam at the same time working turns out that i get very meagre time to learn the theory so to make it up in my free time I log in to this site to study ..

    trust me its very helpful and fruitful ….

  7. anusha

    hello anjali,saw ur uploaded videos. i have done by part-time diploma in kalai kaveri,trichy,but much before.we had 8 tatta adavu. to be frank i forgot . then i saw ur viedeo to ur tatta adavu viedeo,6th one it has 7 tattu. can u explain y it has 7 instead of 6? and also u know 7th and 8th tatta adavu? plz really i forgot so im asking plz dont mistake

  8. Anjali

    @Anusha, that is the way we learnt. I know many schools match the number of strike with the corresponding order of the step. Say 5th step has 5 strikes, 6th step has 6 strike and so on. I have come to realize that there can be infinite variations. May be my teacher thought that the 6 strikes step was of least importance and taught us only the 7th.

  9. parimal raj viswanathan

    I would like to learn dance..thanks for providing practice sessions through online where time is a constraint for learning anything in life.

  10. Jane


    I’m interested in learning the basics of Bharatanatyam and I have watched several videos on youtube.

    Your videos have by far been the most interesting! They are at a speed which gives the learner time to practice without being overwhelmed. You’ve done a great job!

    Before I came to your videos, I came across others that all begin with what sounds like the same or similar bol (I’m not sure if this is the correct term for it), before the regular bol of the adavu begins.

    Please hear an example at the 2:11-2:14 minute mark on this video:

    I was wondering if you could:

    1. Type what these syllables are
    2. Explain the significance of beginning with them – is it just to count down to the beginning of the adavu? Like some dancers begin with counting, “5, 6, 7, 8…” ?
    3. Are these same syllables always used or are there others, that differ depending on the adavu?

    Two more question: How many adavus are there total (including all forms of each? How long do you think one needs to study adavus before moving on to learning pieces?

    Thank you for all your hard work and inspiring people to learn this most beautiful art form!!

  11. Anjali

    @revathy, curently I have the adavus DVD Natyarambham. If you can let me know where you are located I can let you know the best mode to buy.

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