Session 13- Naatadavu Step 6

The 6th variation in Naatadavu is an extension of the previous step.

Let’s now watch the animation…

Looking at the steps in the flow of this step…

  1. Start– Sit in araimandi with hands stretched out inTirupathakam.
  2. Thai
    • Feet- Move right feet behind the left to make a swastikam.
    • Hands- Move right arm upwards to stretch above the head with tirupathakam facing the ceiling. The right hand is now at a right angle to the left
    • Face upwards and look at your right hand extended on the top.
  3. Yum– while in the previous position, tap the left feet.
  4. TatNat 5
    • Feet- Move right feet from behind (the lef)t to the front and stretch in “Naatu”
    • Hands- The right hand now moves down in an arc to make a parallel with the right stretched feet.
    • Head, neck and eyes, follow the movement of the right arm.

    Till this point it is exactly the same as the previous step.

  5. Ta- Now while at the previous position tap the left leg.
  6. Thai– (At this pointit is as if we begin the whole movement again)
    • Feet- Move right feet behind the left to make a swastikam.
    • Hands- Move right arm upwards to stretch above the head with tirupathakam facing the ceiling. The right hand is now at a right angle to the left
    • Face upwards and look at your right hand extended on the top.
  7. Yum– Tap the left feet in front with all other position similar to previous position
  8. Ta
    • Feet: Bring back the right feet to araimandi and tap
    • Hands: The right hand in Tirupathakam is brought down vertically in a straight line, while bending at the elbow. Also slowly turn at your wrist so that the tirupathakam finally faces the ground.
    • Face: tip your chin and look at your right hand in front of the chest.
  9. Ha
    • Feet: Tap left feet in araimandi
    • Hands: The right hand in Tirupathakam in front of the chest is now extended fully at shoulder level by stretching at the elbow.
    • Face: Lift your chin and look ahead(at the audience).
    • You are now in the start position.

    Mirror all the movements in left for another set of Tai- yum- tat-ta-tai-yum-ta-ha.

Lets try with the audio

Session 11- Naatadavu Step 4

Swastikam-footHave you practiced the 3rd step?

Let’s now move on to the next one. The 4th step is an extension of the 3rd one. At this point, a foot position known as swastikam is introduced.(Ref Fig). In this position one leg is placed on the toes behind the other leg that rests normally. This is a very beautiful position that gives a lot of stability and feminine grace to the dancer.

Let’s watch the animation now…

Now lets go through the flow of the movements. if you did watch carefully there is this swatikam part that is followed by the third step we saw in the previous post.

Start Position: Feet in araimandi and hands in Katakamukham near the chest.

Movement Flow

  • Thai : Stretch right feet in “naatu/ anjitham” towards to front, with hands in alapadmam and the torso bending to the front as if to reach the toes, just as in third step.
  • Yum: Tap the left feet while remaining in the above position.
  • Nat 4Tat:
    • Take the right leg backward and place the right feet behind the left in swastikam as explained above.
    • The torso is straightened and the waist slightly bends to the left.
    • The hands are now in Katamukham near the chest.
    • Tilt your head to the left and direct your glance to your front left corner.
  • Ta: Tap the left leg now in front while remaining in this position.
  • For Tai – Yum – Ta -Ha– Repeat the the thirs step as is.

The whole series of 8 variations in the movements that we have just discussed above are then repeated to the left, mirroring the actions done to the right.For beginners this isn’t an easy step and don’t be too hard on yourselves. Within the next few sessions, you will be fine. Lets now practice with this audio file

Teaching Tips: If kids and beginners find this step hard to memorize, you could try saying, ” Front- yum- back- ta- from – yum -ta-ha”.

Session 9- Naat Adavu

Naattuadavu: “Naattu” is a Tamil word that means ” to Perch/Root on your heel”.

  • Sollukattu for the group: Thai yum tat ta tai yum ta ha.(Listen to audio)Anjitham
  • Sthanakam/Posture: Araimandi
  • Hatas: Tripathakam, Katakamukham and Alapadmam
  • Feet Positions and Movement: (Nattu) also referred to as Anjitham

There are eight variations in this group.

We will look at the first two today.
Nattadavu 1
Watch Our Simple Animation at You Tube

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Sorkattu Speed 1

Thai

Yum

Tat

Tha

Thai

Yum

Ta

Ha

Speed 2

Thai Yum

Tat Tha

Thai Yum

Ta Ha

Repeat

Speed 3

Thai Yum

Tat Tha

Thai Yum

Ta Ha

Repeat

Start: Keep both your hands stretched out in Tripataka mudra facing the floor and be seated in Ardhamandalam/ Araimandi position. (Fig. 2)

1. Thai-Stretch your right leg outwards to the side on the heel with your toes facing the ceiling, the anjitham position. The right leg is stretched in anjitham with only the heel is resting on the floor and the toes are facing upwards.Simultaneously turn the right arm in Tripataka mudra to face up . Note that the left arm remains in Tripataka mudra facing down. (Fig 1)
2. Yum –Bring your right leg back to Ardhamandalam with a tap and turn the right arm in Tripataka mudra downwards as in the original starting position.
3. Tat-Now, repeat the movement on the left side. Stretch your left leg in Anjitham position (left leg stretched in such manner that the heel rests on the floor) and turn the left arm upwards so that Tripataka gesture faces the ceiling . Fig(3)
4. Tha-Bring your left leg back to Ardhamandalam with a tap and left arm in Tripataka mudra downwards as in the original position in the start . (fig 2)

5. For Thai Yum tha ha repeat step 1-4 again

Naatadavu 1
The Naatadavu 2nd step involves repeating the same movement twice to each side (Right and left)
Keep practicing and join us for the third and fourth step in our next session.