While our previous set of adavus the mardhita has all sorts of stylistic variations, Kudhittametti is more or less a set of adavus where there is a lot of conformity.
“Kudhita”, means to jump and “mettu”,means to strike the floor with the heel while the toes are already in contact with the floor.
While looking at the feet movements are positions we come accross the Kudhittu position (obviously) . This Kudhittametti movement itself is associated with the following terms in the ancient texts :-
- Udhgattita: Natyasashtra describes this movement as “the dancer stands on the forepart of the feet and then lets the heel fall on the ground.”
- But Sangita ratnakara uses a specific term called Ghatitothsedham/Katitosedham
Let’s watch the footwork of Kudhittametti in this animation:-
All the steps in this set of adavus use the same footwork, only the hand gestures vary. It is important to retain one’s araimandi and stability while executing the jump itself.
Facts about Kudhittametti
- Position; Araimandi
- Hand Gestures: Alapadmam, katakamukham, a few styles use the tirupathakam also.
- Foot movements: Kudhittu, utghaditham /gatithosedham
- Sollukattu: Tai- ha-tai-hi
It is important to get the footwork commited to memory before we procced to using the hands. This can be a little tricky since, this set of adavus uses one movement of the hand for each two executed movements of the feet.
Once you get the legs right you will finish this set in a jiffy.
Teaching/learning tip: For younger kids it helps easy learning if you did say jump-down -jump-down and so forth, especially, when they are learning to put together the hand and foot movements together .
Let’s now practice this with the audio
We will look at the first step with its hands motions in the next session.