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…

SORKATTU/ FOOTWORK

Tai

ha

dit

tai

Hasta

Move to R

(as in step 1)

R

L

DIT

(Toes up, rooted on heel)

TAI

(Bring toes down)

Pathakam

Move to L

(as in step 1)

L

R

DIT

TAI

pathakam

Move upfront

(as in step 2)

R(FRONT)

L(FRONT)

DIT

TAI

Katakamukham(L) and alapadmam(R)

Move back

(as in step 2, but move backwards)

L(BACK)

R(BACK)

DIT

TAI

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

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