Session 1- The Salutation

Salutation/ Pranam

The salutation in Bharathanatyam is called Thatti Kumudu (to tap and salute). The ancient practice of performing the salutation before and after dancing is observed in all parts of India.

1.The salutation is done by tapping the right followed by the left feet in samapada (feet together) with the *shikara hasta in both hands, in front of the chest.Tattikumudu

2.The practitioner then turns out her toes ,sits in full mandi and brings the hands (in *shikhara hasta ) from the shoulders (Ref Fig. alongside), touches the floor in Pathakam and raises the palms to her eyes, paying her respects to Mother Earth.

3. Then he/she performs the three namaskars:-

On top of the head- To salute the God

In front of the forehead- to salute the Guru

In front of the chest- to salute the audience

It is also a pratice to to pay respects to the thattukazhi ( rhythm block and stick) or the cymbals the teacher holds.


Hello world!

Sri Gurubhyo Namaha!
Namaskar and a warm welcome into the academy.
This online academy is an attempt to bring dance, especially Bharatanatyam closer to everyone, be it a starter, a performer, a guru or a rasika. This is an attempt to share what we have learnt from the selfless Gurus who taught us. This is a humble attempt, to share with others, the vast knowledge resources that was so painstakingly imparted to us, to harness the reach of internet and spread awareness and information and create interest in this Divine Art Form.
This effort is not an exercise to replace a guru. Infact we are in strong support of guru’s guidance, but this is just an effort to reinforce what has been taught, to reach interested rasikas…
The course is designed to simulate regular classroom learning. At the end of the course, a regular student of this academy hopefully, should have a good knowledge of the basics of Bharathanatyam technique. It might also help transition into a regular learning set up. And that is our aim. To encourage learning in a traditional set up. We seriously believe that CD’s, books and websites are just learning aids that can never provide the complete education that is imparted by a “Guru”.
In Indian Art, the learning does not stop with the learning the technique itself. Its a comprehensive process of learning by observation and imbibing the principles of one’s Guru. What’s learnt during the class may be just as important as what is learnt through other casual interactions and in just being with them.
Course Content/Progression:
The course here, will tentatively have a following progression, from the simple to the more complex.:-
1.Intorduction, the salutation, and flexibility exercises…
2.Adavus (Tatadavu, Natadavu, Mardhita,and Gudhitametti )
3.Asamyutha and Samyutha Hastas.
4.Adavus (Sarukkal, Paydhal, Ettadavu, mandi, Sarruku adavu)
5.Bhedhas ( Shiro and Greva)
6.Adavus( Panchanadai,Kuttadavau, Korvai and theermanam adavus)
7. Bhedhas ( Drishti and Paada bhedhas)
8. Other adavus and theory…
We will be happy to answer your doubts to the best of our abilities.
We have an orkut forum to extend and facilitate the interaction. Please feel free to join us there
Dissemination of the Course/Course Methodology
An attempt will be made to animate the majority of the steps and the theory will use videos. But the photography, animation and the video uploading are time consuming and intricate processes. It might help if you were to know that photographing and animating one step takes as much as 2 hours and the video uploading is totally dependent on the internet connectivity. Since we offer our services totally free, we rely on free audio and video hosts and disruptions are bound to affect. Given the dimension of the project, we are bound to have problems, but will gladly find a way out with your help.
We request your support and cooperation in this endeavor to systematize learning and teaching the basic techniques in Bharathanatyam.
Sangeetha Shyam
(On behalf of all the passionate souls behind this venture)