Session 21-Mardhita Step 7

This is a very common step to most styles of Bharathanatyam practiced today. I like to call this step the spiral staircase, since the hands move around the body like the way the steps do around a central pillar in a spiral staircase.

The Hastas used in this adavu are katakamukham, alapadmam and pathakam at the waist (alternatively dola may also be used) .

This step uses the follwing foot positions/movemnts: Aramandi,The Kudhittu/kuttu position position, Tattu (tapping as in tatadavu) and turning in Swastikam (also called agratala swastikam)

Lets Watch the animation for this steps :-

We will now look at the flow of movements in the adavus.

Start Position: Aramandi, with left hand on the waist and the right in katakamukham.

  • Ta:

    • The right hand is taken up in an alapamam
    • Jump on toes in aramandi(kuttu positon)
    • Face the uplifted right hand
  • Tai:
    • Tap left leg in an attempt to turn left
    • The right hand moves down a little
    • Bend towards the right
  • Tai:
    • Tap right leg behind the left in agratala swastikam
    • Move the right hand down a little
  • Ta:
    • Tap left leg in an attempt to turn left
    • The right hand moves down a little
    • Bend towards the right
  • Di:
    • Tap right leg behind the left in agratala swastikam
    • Move the right hand down a little
  • Tai
    • Tap left leg in an attempt to turn left
    • The right hand moves down a little
    • Bend towards the right
  • Tai:
    • Now you should be facing front
    • Bend in front and try to reach the floor with your hands
    • Tap right leg behind the left in agratala swastikam
  • Ta:
    • Bring back the right hand in katakamukham at the chest level
    • Lift and tap the left leg in line with the right leg.
    • Face the audience

    As you as you are done with this, shift your katamuhkham to the left hand and the right hand is now placed at your waist.Now mirror the movemne tto the right for the 8 syllables.

Practice with audio

Tip: FOR THE RIGHT SIDE say Jump,L,R,L,R,L,DOWN ,TOGETHER

LEFT SAY: Jump, R,L,R,L,R,DOWN TOGETHER.

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