Session 35- Introduction to Paidhal/leaping steps

Paidhal or Paichal is a Tamil term that means “to leap”. It differs from the Kudhitametti in the sense, the dancer while doing the Paidhal covers space, whereas in Kudhitametti she/he jumps in the same spot. A very graceful step in itself, paidhal is usually seen at the end of korvai(a string of adavus) as part of ardhis..(The concluding steps)

Paidhal itself includes a variety of leaps and may also be coupled with spins (Bramhari). It also includes the famous Kartari(Scissors) Adavu where the movement of the hand and feet trace criss-cross patterns in space.

  • Sthanakam: Araimandi
  • Hastas: Katakamukham, Alapadmam, Shikaram, Ardhachandran and Kartarimukham
  • Leg Movements/feet positions: Utplavana(Jumps/leaps) bhedas akin to Motitam , Kartari and kartari. Eka paada Bramhari(turn) is also used. These new terms will be explained in detail at a later stage. Right now it would suffice if you understood paidhal uses various leaps and turns.
  • Sollukattu:
    • This set of davus is set to a 3 beat cycle, though it need not be limited to it.
    • The sollukattu I was taught is Tai-Taiyum-tatta
    • The other commonly used sorkattu is tathinthaka-tatdhin-dina

Let’s look at the sorkattu distribution in 3 speeds.

Sorkattu/beat 1 2 3
Speed 1 Tai Taiyum tatta
Speed 2 Tai- taiyum Tatta -tai Taiyum-tatta
Speed 3(For convenience) Ta-ki-ta Ta-ki-ta Ta-ki-ta

Let’s listen to the audio here


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