Session 5- Tatadavu

The first set of adavus is called Thatadavu– Tapping/Stomping StepsAraimandi/Natyarambham

· Feet Position: Araimandi (Ref. fig)

· Hand Position: Pathakam at the waist or as natyarambham (Ref Fig)

· Sorkattu: Thaiya Thai, varies


Thattadavu involves just tapping of feet in Aramandi/Half sit position to rhythm.

It must be remembered that in Bharathanatyam as in most other Indian classical dances movements are started with the right side first.

Demonstration of Step 1: Each leg taps once alternately (R- Right, L-Left)

 

Beat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Sorkattu Footwork

First Speed

(Slow Pace)

Thaiya

R

Thai

L

Thaiya

R

Thai

L

Thaiya

R

Thai

L

Thaiya

R

Thai

L

Sorkattu

Footwork

Second Speed

(Medium pace)

Thaiya Thai

R L

Thaiya Thai

R L

Thaiya Thai

R L

Thaiya Thai

R L

Thaiya Thai

R L

Thaiya Thai

R L

Thaiya Thai

R L

Thaiya Thai

R L

Sorkattu

Footwork

Third Speed

(Fast pace)

Thai Thai Thai Tha

R L R L

Thai Thai Thai Tha

R L R L

Thai Thai Thai Tha

R L R L

Thai Thai Thai Tha

R L R L

Thai Thai Thai Tha

R L R L

Thai Thai Thai Tha

R L R L

Thai Thai Thai Tha

R L R L

Thai Thai Thai Tha

R L R L

Similarly all of the following steps are done in 3 speeds

 

Beat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Step 2

Sorkattu Footwork

Thaiya

R

Thai

R

Thaiya

L

Thai

L

Thaiya

R

Thai

R

Thaiya

L

Thai

L

Step 3

Sorkattu Footwork

Thai

R

Thai

R

Tha

R

(Rest/

Gap)

Thai

L

Thai

L

Tha

L

(Rest/

Gap)

Step 4

Sorkattu Footwork

Thai

R

Thai

R

Thai

R

Tha

R

Thai

L

Thai

L

Thai

L

Tha

L

Step 5

Sorkattu Footwork

Rhythm Guide

Thaiya

R

1&

Thaiya

R

2&

ThaiThai

R R

3, 4

Tha

R

5 &

Thai

L

1&

Thai

L

2&

ThaiThai

L L

3,4

ThaiThai

L

5&

You may notice that in:-

Step 2: each leg taps twice

Step 3: each leg taps thrice and a gap/rest follows

Step 4: each leg taps 4X with all taps equally distributed rhythmically

Step 5: Each leg taps 5X. But the first two taps alternate with an equal period of gaps and the 3rd, 4th and 5th are consecutive followed by a gap. The & signs represent a gap.

Step 1 to step 5 accommodate the one complete rendition on the Right followed by Left within the 8 beat cycles.

You could watch this video to see how the Tatadavu is done. Remember slight variations may be observed. See if you can decipher how the 6th,7th and 8th steps are done.

Video Credits: You Tube

Points to remember:

Remember that the tapping of the foot must neither be too soft or too harsh. Remember to maintain the natural arch of the feet to avoid excessive pain. This technique will also help you dance comfortably for longer periods.

Secondly see that the weight is balanced on both the legs equally even when a foot is lifted during the process of tapping. This will prevent the unaesthetic sway of the waist and hips and give a stability. Posture and dignity in movement is key to Bharathanatyam technique and attempts towards these have to start on day one.

Once you get this worked out, we will work on the other steps that go to complete the Tat adavu. We wil transcribe the 6th, 7th and 8th steps that you watched here in the next session.

Happy feet !

 

2 Responses

  1. Dear Sangeetha,

    I am so delighted to see your website and so happy to learn the dance. I learned the dance when I was in 8th standard and learned for 5 years. Now I am 40 and lives in London. I have two daughters. I am able to teach them now with the help of your website. I am so thankful for your great thought.Thanks and regards,
    Priya Krishna.

    Well ,Thanks Priya. Its nice to hear that your daughters have inherited your passion for Bharathanatyam.
    Best Wishes,
    Sangeetha

  2. Hi, i’m a non-indian girl from Belgium. I heard about Bharatanatyam a few years ago and couldn’t find a “real” teacher so i’m very happy i found your online lessons. However, when following sessions 1 to 5, I noticed some of the video’s are no longer available. Can I find them somewhere else?
    Can you also tell me where I can find the audio for the sollukettu’s and maybe some music?
    I know it’s carnatic but i don’t know what is suited for Bharatanatyam.
    I would appreciate your help a lot and I already thank you for the nice website.
    Greetz
    Kjell

    Hi Kjell!
    Nice to meet you here…
    Yes I found that the videos arent acessible as they might have been copyright violations…I will try to replace them with mine , but since I dont teach in Malysia I have to figure out a way for doing it. Currently I am pretty busy with the other blog http://sangeethas.wordpress.com/ because of the Decemeber Music Season In chennai preparations are at an all time high!
    As for the sollukattus ;-
    1. You can find all the sollukattus I have taught here at http://www.esnips.com//web/shyamsStuff/?widget=birdButtonBlue
    2. There is an audio CD by Madurai Sri.R. Muralidharan on Adavus and Korvai (Slightly different version)
    You may find it at
    http://kalakriya.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=235&zenid=k1njfp0mgs6k26di6hpgs6aut0
    https://www.celextel.com/natyadwaniadavusandkorvaiscd-p-3855.html

    I have heard this audio CD, but have never tried buying it online..
    Best Wishes,
    Sangeetha

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