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First Adavu in Bharatanatyam

First Adavu in Bharatanatyam

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First Adavu in Bharatanatyam – Tatta Adavu
July 31st, 2007 byAnjaliThe 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 isused to provide a rythym for the steps (like 1-2, 1-2-3 etc.) and also acts as a mnemonic for thesteps. The Bol for Tatta adavu is “tai ya tai hi”.Please check the animation here(courtesylibrary.thinkquest.org) before you read the description  below. The site has a very nice representation of the steps.1) While doing this adavu, you need to be in the Ardhamandal(half sitting) posture3) Please try to keep a practice of starting every Adavu with your right side(leg in this adavu). Sofirst 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 practiceeach step 30 times in around 3 minutes. Remember that the one tap each of left and right legs iscounted as one step.Simple Is’nt it? I shall post the details of next steps for Tatta adavu on next posts. Meanwhilelook at the rest of the animation for the other steps inlink .
Tatta Adavu - Second Step
August 6th, 2007 byAnjaliThis is the second part of the Tatta Adavu post. As you read this, I hope you have read thefirst partposted earlier. If you have tried out the same as part of your current learning or onlinelearning for the first time, my hunch is that you are experiencing some aches and pains. Takeheart! That means you are on the right track Again, let us refer to the animation atlibrary.thinkquest.org to look at the second step within this adavu. For the second step, pleasefollow this link . Note that you need to wait for the red bar toglow before the animation starts.1.Stay in the Ardhamandal(Half seated posture). Place your Palms on the waistwith the inside of the palm facing outside.2.Lift your right leg towards the inner thigh and tap the floor with flat feet (say “tai ya”).Once the right leg is grounded, again lift the same (right) leg and then tap the floor withflat feet (say “tai hi”).3.After the second tap of the right leg, lift your left leg in a similar fashion and then tap thefloor with flat feet (say “tai ya”). Once the Left leg is grounded, again lift the same (left)leg and tap the floor with flat feet (say “tai hi”)
 
We can now practice the first and second step together for 25 times each. Please note that (”tai-ya”, “tai-hi”) is one count and so for the second step, one count is completed on one side itself i.e. double tap with right leg is one count.In the first step, one count is completed after one tap of right and left legs. Hope you get a hang.Watch theVideo for Tatta Adavu here.
Tatta Adavu - Third Step
August 8th, 2007 byAnjaliI hope you have read the previous posts on Tatta Adavu which describes the FirstandSecond steps for this adavu. We can again refer to theanimation for the third stepfor a better understanding. Note that from the third step onwards the Bols are
“Tai ya tai hi tai tai tam”.
The third step issimilar to the first two and as you may have guessed it, you would tap each feet thrice on eachside. The detailed steps are below (please note the changes in Bols below):1.Stay in the Ardhamandal(Half seated posture). Place your Palms on the waistwith the inside of the palm facing outside.2.Lift your right leg towards the inner thigh and tap the floor with flat feet (say “tai ya”).Once the right leg is grounded, lift the same (right) leg and then tap the floor with flatfeet (say “tai hi”). Again lift the same leg (right) leg and then tap the floor with flat feet(say “tai tai tam”)3.After the third tap of the right leg, lift your left leg in a similar fashion and then tap thefloor with flat feet (say “tai ya”). Once the Left leg is grounded, again lift the same (left)leg and tap the floor with flat feet (say “tai hi”). Again lift the same (left) leg and tap thefloor with flat feet (say “tai tai tam”).Combine the third step into your practice routine. I shall post the details of next 3 steps soon.
Tatta Adavu - Fourth Step
August 14th, 2007 byAnjaliIf you have been reading the previous posts onTatta Adavu, you would have noticed thesimilarity in theFirst,SecondandThirdSteps. The Fourth step is similar and here, we have to tap thrice on one side and tap once on the other side. Watch theTatta Adavu Video here. Hereare the details for this step. Note the changes in Bol (sollukattu) for each of the taps.1.Stay in the Ardhamandal(Half seated posture). Place your Palms on the waistwith the inside of the palm facing outside.2.Lift your right leg towards the inner thigh and tap the floor with flat feet (say “tai ya”).Once the right leg is grounded, lift the same (right) leg and tap the floor with flat feet (say“tai hi”). Again lift the same leg (right) leg a third time and tap the floor with flat feet(say “tai tai”)3.After the third tap of the right leg, lift your left leg in a similar fashion and tap the floor with flat feet (say “tam”). With this, we finish one count for this step.
 
4.For the next count, we begin with the left leg. So, Lift the Left leg towards the inner thighand tap the floor with flat feet (say “tai ya”), tap again (say “tai hi”) and tap again (say“tai tai”)5.Once the left leg is grounded lift the right leg and tap with flat feet(say”tam”). Thiscompletes the second count for this step.
Tatta Adavu - Fifth Step
August 20th, 2007 byAnjaliOver the previous posts, I have explained theFirst,Second,ThirdandFourthSteps in Tatta Adavu. If you have been following the same, you would be acquainted with the rythmic leg tapsin this Adavu. Watch theTatta Adavu Video here.Today I describe the penultimate step in this first Adavu. In this step, we tap the leg five times oneach side. Please repeat and note the Bols (sollukattu) for each of the taps.1. Stay in the Ardhamandalposition. Place your   palms on the waistwith the inside of the palm facing out. Avoid thecommon pitfallsas you practice the steps in this posture.2. Lift your right leg towards the inner thigh and tap it on the ground (say”tai ya”), lift the rightleg again and tap the floor with flat feet (say”tai hi”). Again lift the same leg (right) and tap thefloor with flat feet say (”tai”) , Tap the floor again with the right leg (say”tai”). Lastly again liftyour right leg and tap it with flat feet (say”tam”). Here we finish one count.3.For the second count lift your left leg and tap it on the ground (say”tai ya”), again lift your leftleg and tap the floor with flat feet (say”tai hi”). Again tap the left feet flat on the ground(say”tai”) . Tap the floor again with left feet (say”tai) and once again tap a final time with the leftfeet (say”tam”).4. Please note that when we are doing this step “tai ya” & “tai hi” taps are slow. Comparatively,the taps with “tai”, “tai” & “tam” (the last three taps) are fast taps.This is because we are usingevery syllable to tap in tai, tai & tam. Whereas in the former(”tai ya” and “tai hi”), every twosyllable makes one tap.
Tatta Adavu - Sixth Step
August 22nd, 2007 byAnjaliThis is the final post onTatta adavuwherein I shall explain the last step of the series. The previous steps are posted earlier and you can refer to them in thearchivesif you have not readthem yet. Watch theTatta Adavu Video here.The bols (sollukattu) here differ from the previous steps. They are “
tai tai tat tat tai tai tam
“.Here we need to tap thrice on right side then once on left side and again thrice on right side(when you start with the right side).1. Stay inArdhamandalposition and place the palms on the waistwith inside of the palm facing outside.

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