Session 19- Mardhita Step 4 and 5

While we have been drawing arcs in space horizontally in the first 3 steps, we draw an arc in the vertical plane in steps 4 and 5. Now let’s watch the animation of step 4…

The foot work for this step is similar to step 2, where the step is executed to the right, left, left and then right again.

Lets now look at the flow of movements…

mardita4Start Position: Araimand with right hand in katakamukham in front of the chest and left in dola.

  • Ta:(Ref pos 1)

    • Right hand moves up in alapadmam above the head. Left hand remains in dola
    • Right feet taps on the spot
    • Torso is straight
    • The face looks up at the alapdamam stretched on top.
  • Tai:(Ref pos 2)
    • Right hand alapadmam is brought in an arc at about the shoulder level
    • Right leg taps a little away from the start parshvagam.
    • Waist bend towards the outstretched right hand
    • Face the alapadmam
  • Tai :(ref pos 3)
    • Move the left feet behind the right in Swasthikam.
    • The hand arcs further down.
    • Face and eye sight follows the alapadmam
  • Ta:(Ref Pos 4)

    • Move the right feet a little behind and tap in line with the left feet in parshvagam.
    • An attempt is made to reach the alapdamam as close to the floor as possible while retaining the aramandi and arch of the back.
    • Look at the alapadmam

    For di- tai- tai- ta, the hand is brought back to the initial start positon in similar gradations(reverse order) with the feet now executing a similar movement in the left.

  • For another set of the syllable ta-tai-tai-ta-di-tai-tai-ta, mirror the movement to the left.

Let’s try practicing this with the audio

Step 5: is an extension of step 4. After completing the right and left side movements of the previous step, the student then turns to her left and executes the right part of the movement. At this point she turns right and completes the left part of the movement. This step uses up 4 sets of the syllables ta-tai-tai-ta-di-tai-tai-ta .

This step is often refereed to as the “T” or “Inverted T” shaped mardhita because of the pattern it creates.


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