Session 49: Ettadavu Step 2

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Session 48: Introduction to Ettadavu and Step 1

Hello everyone!

The next set of adavus is ‘Ettadavu’.¬†(yettu +adavu). ” Yettu” in Tamil means “to reach out” or “to stretch”. True to its name the adavu comprises of ¬†movements that reach outwards , expanding the space used the dancer. These steps are usually seen at the beginning of Jathi Korvais. Traditionally, a lot of Trikala Jathis (The 3 speed jathis seen in Varnam) begin with this adavu, though it is not a necessity.

The adavus use tripathakam on both hands. The lines and the hands and feet emphasize the stretching movements.

Sollu Kattu: tai- taiyum- tatta (In Tisram or 3 beat as in ta- ki -ta). Use Ta-ki-ta for the third speed

Please see the following link for the first step of Ettadavu:

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I have been learning dance since the age of five and was a Kalakshetra student under my guru Shrimati Suma Balasubramaniam for several years. Thereafter, I learnt under Shrimati Thenuka Vigneshwaran who was a disciple of Smt. Chitra Visweswaran. I performed my arangetam in the year 2006 in under  Guru Thenuka.

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Session 47- Drishti Bheda, Eye movements

Sri. Santosh Kumar Menon will elucidate the drishti Bhedas in this session.


Samam alokitha saachi pralokitha nimilithe

Ullokitha anuvrththecha thatha chaivaavalookitham


Samam¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Look Straight¬†¬†

aalokitham ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Rolling eyes

saachi ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Glancing at one corner of

                                                the eyes (one side)

pralookitha¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Moving eyes side to side(wide)

nimilithe¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Half closed eyes

Ullokitha¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Looking Up

Aanuvrththecha¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Looking up and down(in anger)

Avalookitham¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† looking down

Test 3- Checkpoint

  1. What is the salutation at the beginning and end of a dance session called?
  2. What was the first set of adavus taught?
  3. What kind of movements does Paydhal adavu feature?
  4. Thattimettu can also be called?
  5. Match the Following
    • Chatushram- 5
    • Tisram——4
    • Kantam—–3
    • sankeernam—7
    • Misram——-9
  6. Demonstrate Adi Talam
  7. Greva Bedhas refer to the movement of the ………………………….
  8. Demonstrate the 4 Greva Bedhas.
  9. Shiro Bhedas refer to movements of the …………
  10. Demonstrate Shiro Bedhas..

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Session 46- Panchanadai – Kantam and Sankeernam

Step 4

Kantam : Ta-ka- ta-ki-ta (5 beats) Play audio file

Kantam: Ta- Ka- ta-ki-ta (5 beats)..

Beat/Foot work






Right Feet




Left Feet

Mettu(strike the floor with toes while keeping the heels lifted)

Mettu (Bring the heel down and strike the floor)



Sankeernam: Ta- Ka- Dhi-Mi- Ta-ka-ta- Ki- ta (9beats)(4+5)

Perform step 1(Chatushram) and step 4(kantam) successively.

 Play audio file

Session 45- Chatushran, Tisram and Misram

 It was said in Session 42 that “Thaati-means to tap, metti- means to hit the floor with the heel while being rooted on the toes “. While the right feet  does the tattu and meetu, the left feet just does the mettu.(No Tapping involved here)

Common Features of the Thattumettu Adavu:-

While the Sollukattu for each of the Pancahanadai varies, the following are common to all of them

Sthanam: Araimandi. A few styles do with both feet in  Parshvagam(feet turned sideways and toes facing the sides, other styles have the right feet in samam,facing straight and the left in parshvagam)

Hastas: Right hand in Tamarachuda  held near the chin, left hand placed on the waist or hung out in a dola. Some styles also hold the hands above the head (suchi in one hand grasped with all the fingers in the other)

Foot Work:  involves the tapping (Thattu), Mettu (which is referred to as Udhgatitham in Natya Sahtra) and agratala sancharam(to strike the floor with the toes while the heels remain lifted)

Now lets us look at the first 3 Panchandais

Step 1

Chatushram: Ta- Ka- Dhi-Mi (4 beats).. Play audio

Beat/Foot work





Right Feet


Mettu (lift heel and then strike floor by bringing it down)

Left Feet

Mettu(strike the floor with toes while keeping the heels lifted)

Mettu (Bring the heel down and strike the floor)


Tisram : Ta- Ki- ta (3 beats)  Play audio

Beat/Foot work




Right Feet


Left Feet

Mettu(strike the floor with toes while keeping the heels lifted)

Mettu (Bring the heel down and strike the floor)


Misram: Ta- Ka- Dhi-Mi- Ta- Ki- ta (7beats) Play Audio

Successively perform the step 1 and 2 repeatedly