Session 37- Paidhal Step 2

Lets take a look at this animation…

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Start Position: Araimandi with katakamukhams at chest level.

Stage 1:

  • Tai: –
    • Leap and land with right feet . Fold your left leg at the knees and keep it raised behind the right leg.
    • The right hand opens out in alapadmam, tracing an arc it is stretched out at the shoulder level.
    • Bend towards the outstretched hand.

· Taiyum:

o The left leg is now landed on its toes to form a swastikam(crossed) behind the flat right feet.

o The hand position and bending are as above

· Tatta – this is a rest/silent phrase (where no movement is done)

Stage 2: Repeat as in stage one to the left. The left hand is now stretched in alapadmam and the right hand is brought back into a katakamukham in front of the chest.

Till this point it is just like the first step.

Stage 3:

  • Tai: –
    • Leap to the front landing on right toes, and begin to sit in Muzhumandi (full sitting position)
    • Both hand at avahitha in front of the chest are opened out and taken in a curve above the head in alapadmam,

· Taiyum:

o The left leg is now landed on its toes into the full mandi position.

o The hands continue their upward movement in alapadmam

· Tatta – With the feet already into position the hands alone are strtched completely in katakamukhams facing upward.

Stage 4

  • Tai: –
    • Stand up and balance on your left foot with the right leg bent at the knee and the foot placed in front of the left knee.
    • The right hand is stretched to the right, in alapadmam, horizontally at shoulder level, and the left hand stretched up in katakamukham vertically
    • The 360 degree turn (or bramhari) while supported on one (left ) leg is now initiated. This is called the Eka Paada Bramhari (Eka – one. Paada-feet, Bramhari-turn/revolution)

· Taiyum:

o Maintaining the feet as above a the turn is now completed to around 270 degrees.

o Hands as above .

· Tatta – Now the dancer completes the turn and faces the audience. The left hand is still stretched up in an upward facing katakamukham. The right hand is brought and placed in a katakamukham, in front of the chest

All the four stages are then repeated to the left. It may be remembered that for the left side of this adavu, the turn is now executed towards the right side with the right leg firmly placed on the floor and the left leg lifted up.

Most young students have a trouble remembering which side to turn. Here is something that can help them to remember.
For the right side, the right hand and right leg(folded up) turn towards the left.
Similary for the left side, the left hand and left leg turn towards the right.

You could practice saying

  • Right- taiyum- tatta
  • Left – taiyum- tatta
  • Sit- taiyum- tatta
  • Turn- taiyum- tatta
  • Left – taiyum- tatta
  • Right- taiyum- tatta
  • Sit- taiyum- tatta
  • Turn- taiyum- tatta

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