Session 33- Sarukkal adavu step 4

This is the last of the steps in this set of adavus.

Hastas used: Mrigasirsham and pathakam (kept at the waist). Some styles do use the dola instead of the pathakam.

Movement: The first step involved moving to the sides, the second to the front, the third, all 4 directions (R,L, Front and back). This step involves moving in diagonals to create a zig zag pattern in space.

Let’s now go throught the flow of movements in this step:-

Start Position: Samapadam with left hand in pathakam at the waist. The right hand is held in mrigarsirsham placed on the shoulder. The students begins standing slighlty turned towards the left (at 45 degress).

  1. Tai- Take a step to the back with your left leg. Bend to your right. Face left.
  2. Ha– Place your right feet in line with the left. Straighten your torso.
  3. Dit – Now go up on both your heels (as in executing a taditam). With a smart turn of your chin, look forward (ahead of the mrigarsirsham in your right hand).
  4. Tai– Put your toes down and return glance/drishti to left.

For the next set of tai-ha -di-tai, repeat the movements in your right.For another two sets of tai-ha -di-tai, mirror the movement to your left. While doing the left, the mrigarsirsham and pathakam are interchanged quickly and gracefully.

So in essence, you move twice backwards(obliquely) to the right and twice to the left creating zig zag patterns.

This step is definitely a challenge to visualize, to those of you who are learning it for the first time. But put on your thinking caps and try constructing one. It will definitely be fun to check it later on with our visual aid which will be posted soon.

Now lets look at our animation

Now let’s practice this with the audio.

Session 32 – Sarukkal Adavu Steps 2 and 3…

The second variation in sarukkal adavu involves executing the sarukkal adavu while moving to the front. The hastas used in this step include, the katakamukham and alapadmam.

Let’s watch the animation… In this clip we have some beginners performing the step for you. You might notice how the posture(a confident stance) improves with practice. Hopefully we will get to watch the same students over a period of time to watch their progress.

Let’s now go throught the flow of movements in this step:-

Start Position: Samapadam with left hand stretched up in katamukham facing the roof. The right hand is held in alapadmam in front of the chest.

  1. Tai- Take a step to the front with your right leg. Bend to your left at your waist
  2. Ha– Place your left feet in line with the right. Straighten your torso.
  3. Dit – Now go up on both your heels (as in executing a taditam). Gently lift your chin and look upwards. Care should be taken to not raise the neck too much; that will hamper the aesthetics of the presentation.
  4. Tai– Put your toes down and return glance/drishti to look straight.

For the next set of tai-ha -di-tai, repeat the movements in your left. It may initailly be a problem to shift hands while changing sides, but as with any other step (or for that matter any learning process) repetition will make the transition softer .

Now let’s practice this with the audio.

Step 3 is combination of steps 1 and 2. The first step is immediately followed by the second one to make the thrid step.

The step is discussed in the following table…







Move to R

(as in step 1)




(Toes up, rooted on heel)


(Bring toes down)


Move to L

(as in step 1)






Move upfront

(as in step 2)





Katakamukham(L) and alapadmam(R)

Move back

(as in step 2, but move backwards)





Katakamukham(R) and alapadmam(L)

It may be seen that the step involves movement to the right, left, front and back.

Let’s practice this one with the audio

Session 31- Introduction to Sarukkal adavu ( Sliding steps)

Congratulations to those who cleared the test checkpoint 2!!

Today we will start with “Sarukkal Adavu”. Sarukkal is a Tamil term that means “to glide or slide.”

Facts about Sarukkal Adavu

  • Position: Samapadam( standing position).
  • Hand Gestures: Pathakam, Alapadmam, Katakamukham,Mrigarsirsham a few styles use the dola also.
  • Foot movements:Taditham
  • Sollukattu: Tai-ha-dit-tai or Tai- ha-tai-hi

Now lets watch the animation of the first step…

Now lets analyse the flow of movements

Start position: Left hand stretched out at shoulder level in Pathakam facing the ground(adhomukham), right hand bent at elbows with Pathakam in front of the chest in adhomukham

  • Tai:
    • Tap right feet away from the from the left
    • Open both hands to have the pathakam in uttanam (facing upwards)
    • bend on your outstretched hand (i.e. to your left)
  • Ha:
    • Place left feet beside the right (Some styles literally slide the feet here, while others fold at their knees and land their heels before the toes (like Chakramanam chari)
    • Slowly close both hands to adhomukha pathakams again while retaining them in their start position
    • Straighten your torso
  • Di:
    • Now raise the toes of both feet (you remain on your heels to perform a taditam)
    • Flex at your wrists to raise your pathakams
    • Slightly lift your chin and look upwards
  • Tai:
    • Bring your toes down
    • Extend your wrists to bring your pathakams to the normal position again

For the left mirror the above movements…

Let’s practice with the audio

Test 2- Checkpoint

We have now completed four sets of adavus and Asamyutha and Samyutha Hastas.

Lets see how much we remember from what we have learnt…

Think and answer these questions carefully

  1. What are two handed gestures called?
  2. Katakamukham is an Asamyutha Hasta… True or False
  3. Paraval adavu is another name for ……………………
  4. Naatadavu gives importance to the ____________ position of the feet.
  5. Kudhitametti are steps that involve_________________.
  6. Name the position of the hands used in the Tatadavu.
  7. Match the following
    1. Kudhitametti a. Anjitham
    2. Tatadavu b. Flowing movements
    3. Naatadavu c. katithosedham
    4. Mardhitha d. Tapping
  8. Name the Hastas with the following meaning
    1. War 6. Blossomed flower
    2. Fish 7. Pigeon/dove
    3. Flag 8. crab
    4. Half Moon 9. peacock
    5. Needle 10. box/container
  9. Demonstrate the adavus for the following sorkattus :-
    1. Adavu 1
    2. Adavu 2
  10. Recite the Asamyutha Hasta Verse

The answers for this quiz is be published in our orkut community at

You are free to send in your answers to us as comments…(Will not be posted)

Session 30- Samyutha Hastas verses from Abhinaya Darpana

Today we will be learning the Samyutha Hasta verses from Mr. Santosh Kumar.

Here is the verse…

Anjalishcha kapothashcha karkata svasthikasthathaa

dolahasthah pushpaputaha uthsangah shivalingakaha

katakaavardhanashchaiva karthareesvasthikasthathaa

shakatam Shanka Chakrecha samputah paasha keelakau(keelako)

mathsyah koormo varaahashcha garudo naagabandhakaha

khatvaa berundakaakeshcha avahithasthathatheivacha

There can be slightly different readings of the above verse. For eg.
The last line may be taught as “khatvaa berundakaakeshcha ithyethe avahitha samyutha kara” depending on the reading used.

In the next session, we will have checkpoint test no.2. So please work on what has been taught so far..

Best wishes…