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Jatiswaram is another Nritta piece. Here the advaus are performed to swara patterns. Like Sa , ni , da , pa. There is no Sahityam unlike Swarajati. Every Jati is alternated by Swarams. A jatiswaram has Charanams which are sung in swarams and followed by Pallavi every time.  There can be three or more charanams.

Jatiswarams are in different Ragams and Talams. The Tanjore quartets compositions are widely performed. Some famous composition are
Kalyani ragam Rupakam
Ragamalika in Misrachapu,
Vasantha in Rupakam.

Many have been asking how is Jatiswaram different from swarajati. One obvious difference is the presence of Sahityam in Swarajati, and none at all in Jatiswaram. Jatiswaram has Jatis (rhythmic syllables) included in its compositions. It is music applied to dance. While Swarajati is a pure musical form.

I will be demonstrating the one in Kalayani Ragam. Watch the first two parts of this Jatiswaram.

The first video demonstrates the first two jatis.

The second videos shows the third jati.


  1. dixhita adas

    hi………………….cud plz plz plz send me the downloading details of varnam…i wil be really vry thankful……….plz

  2. Sangeetha Ananthanarayanan Lakshmanan

    Good work Anjali! Hats off to u!
    A really helpful website for the art lovers like us!

  3. K.Yaminidevi

    Hi mam i very much thankful to you for your online bharatanatyam.
    It is use full for my carrier . and i kindly ask you to continue this service it will help those who love bharatanatyam. I have learned all the adavus , jatiswaram, alaripu,and pushpanjali from your web site. you are my guru now mam and what will be the next to learn?
    and know i started a class in my house with the help of your online class. thanking you.

  4. Swathi

    Hi, it’s really nice to have online Bharatanatyam. I am brushing up my bharatanatyam dance steps of Jatiswaram. It is really good. And I would really like to know where the Kalyani ragam jatiswaram which you have uploaded here can be available. If possible can you upload the song please.

  5. Jamie

    I am glad I found this website, we are doing a natym and I am doing this dance. My teachers says that my facial expressions aren’t that great and I agree,will it come easy to a12 year old? I am worried and when ever I start doing facial expressions I start getting shy and laughing. Can you give me some tips? I feel sad because I failed the natym before and I always get depressed thinking about it and I failed it mainly because of facial expressions. So may people in the class are way better than me at facial expressions leaving me out as usual. I’ve only been learning an year, maybe it doesn’t come that quickly?

  6. praveen kumar p k

    i am really grateful to you that i got a wonderful chance through your website to understand details about the classical dance bharatanatyam.
    i would like to request you to go on teaching the interested people through ur website,…
    i am really looking forward to learn much more from you…
    thanking you

  7. prathyush

    thanks for this website. want to download mp3 songs of jathiswaram,pusphanjali etc.can you upload it please.

  8. sankee

    Hello, wonderful your teaching. can you also put which syllabus for grade1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6and 7 ?And i’m also your fan. keep up this is very useful who interesting study dance.

    Thank you.

  9. moumita ganguly

    i saw all the jathis but, when i was young and used to learn bharatanatyam, our solla kutta was a lil different. its kinda started the 1st jathi with, TALANGHAJHAM TALANGHAJHAM TALANGHAJHAM, TADIN KINATHOM, TALANGAJHAM TADIN KINATHOM, TALANGAJHAM TADIN KINATHOM, TEI HATH TARI TAKA TADIN KINATHOM, TAKA DITH TARI TAKA TADINKINATHOM, TEI HA DITH TEI DITH TEI DITH TEI…. and so on. I cant find it anywhere. god knows wat happened to that jathis origin??? i m a bit confused about it. i know it was bases on mishrachap.

  10. MNK

    Thanks Anjali. I was listening to it and see there is some differrence. Is it possible to point out exactly what is different from your choreogrpahy? appreciate your help.

  11. adriana ananda

    hi anjali,thanks for your classes I would like to ask what is difference between jatiswaran arabhi and kalyani and vasantha.Thanks again for your knowlegde.

  12. Anjali

    @Adriana, the difference is the Ragam that you have mentioned. If you listen to each of them there will be changes in the tune and that is because of the Ragam. Each ragam has got its own Arohanam(ascend) Avarohanam(descend). Also the changes in the Rhythm is because of the Talam-jati combination.

  13. kumutha

    hai anjali can u send lyrics of daughter sing a song along mam or cd only. because she doesn’t know the lyrics.if u don’t mind plz send it.

  14. Anjali

    @Sadhana, Lord Hanuman can be shown with both hand in padmakosha facing down that denotes a monkey. He can also be shown and son of Pavana. Use the gesture for pavana and followed by showing a kid or son. Other way could be shown as he holds the sanjeevani mountain in one hand and a mace on the other and lift one feet to show the lord in flight.

  15. roopa

    Hi anajali,
    Thanka a lot of the work you are doing. I am a dance teacher myself . Though i studied bharthanatyam from childhood and still continuing to learn , this website gave me an additional support and backing.Continue the good work.
    can you please, please send me the jatiswara in kalayani raga and roopaka thala. iI learnt this one when i was 6 year old . that was the first jatiswara i learnt. after that i learnt different once. but always fond of this one.

  16. aashna

    You wrote all correct about jatiswaram. You really helped me a lot. thanks ………………………….. Just write like this only about all classical items. again thanks a lot…………………………………
    May you write like this only .
    superb, fabulous 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 :0

  17. Sai sudha

    as akshaya said can u upload jathiswaram in vasantha ragam

    akka, u r rendering wonderful services to the field of bharathanatiyam and an ideal to me
    online classes helped me a lot too
    thank u very much my dear sister

  18. Vani Hebbani

    Hi Anjali,

    I am a regular viewer of your teachings and your great support to the world of Bharatnatyam. Many of your renditions have been supportive of our learnings. In case you are ok with it, would you be able share the lyrics of Jathiswaram Ragamalika.

    Thanks so much

  19. Anjani saraf

    i m a fresher in dis feild n pursuing my career in dance as choreographer. Hats off anjali mam fr such wonderful wrk. I daily chek ur website fr all info it helped me a lot.
    i wanted to ask is there any bharatnatyam dance depicting hanuman god?

  20. Pratixa

    Hi Anjali , the way of teaching is really suppb, I appreciate your efforts. Could u plz tell me what is saveri jatishwarM , I totally forgot it….

  21. Asshini Katiyar

    Very impressed by your work.
    Hats off to you…..
    But can I receive the sholkattu of the kalyani jattiswaram

  22. Arpita Sarkar

    Helloo Ma’am,

    Just in one word..I want to be ur student ..
    I always watch your video..& its awesome..
    I also learned Bharatnatyam..But I want to learn more from you Ma’am…
    Is it possible to get all your videos ..
    Actually I do job and its not possible for me to learn by watching you online..
    I want to know Ma’am…Did u released any video CD …If yes…then Ma’am.. Please inform me how to get those video CD’s..
    I know Ma’am….U have lots of Students but I can say I m really a very great fan of urs…
    Actually I stay in Assam (Dibrugarh-786001).. For me its not possible to get any contact to you…
    So I thought to msg you through…

    Thank you Ma’am

  23. Vidhyalakshmi Rajeswari

    @Anjali – very wonderful work Anjali – I am trying to get the audio … could not find anywhere – is not accessible… any other links pls

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