The next set of adavus is ‘Ettadavu’. (yettu +adavu). ” Yettu” in Tamil means “to reach out” or “to stretch”. True to its name the adavu comprises of movements that reach outwards , expanding the space used the dancer. These steps are usually seen at the beginning of Jathi Korvais. Traditionally, a lot of Trikala Jathis (The 3 speed jathis seen in Varnam) begin with this adavu, though it is not a necessity.
The adavus use tripathakam on both hands. The lines and the hands and feet emphasize the stretching movements.
Sollu Kattu: tai- taiyum- tatta (In Tisram or 3 beat as in ta- ki -ta). Use Ta-ki-ta for the third speed
Please see the following link for the first step of Ettadavu: