Session 25- Kudhittametti the Jumping steps

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.


2 Responses

  1. A question in Kudhitta mettu – Do you jump while raising the heels up or do you simply raise the heels? and do you jump while flattening the heels or do you just drop the heels down?

    Kindly clarify…

    Dear Shanthi,
    The jump is done on the toes with raised heels for tai
    The the heel is brought down from the above position at ha (No jump here)
    So basically, there is a jump on toes (while raising the heels up and away from each other) followed by dropping down of the heels.

    Please feel free to clarify further…

  2. Hai Sangeetha,

    Hope you are doing great.
    My name is Revathi Thiyagarajakumar I would like to have theory for Bharatanatyam from you so do you give special attention to me please let me know whether you take specail classes for me.I have 12 years of Bharatanatyam experiences I have performed more than 500 shows .

    Thanking you,
    Revathi Thiyagarajakumar

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