The Bharatanatyam Dance

The seven steps of the Bharatanatyam Dance

1. Tatta Adavu

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Tatta means to tap, in the Bharatanatyam dance, the step "tatta adavu" was divided into six further steps. All of the six steps shows how to tap your feet and leg to the music.
However, the basic posture to be in for Tatta adavu is in the arai mandi (half sitting) posture. This means that you should bend your knees a little to both sides. Then, you place your hands behind your waist, palm facing outwards.


2. Natta Adavu

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Natta means to stretch. This was divided into 13 further steps and it combines some steps from Tatta Adavu. However in Natta Adavu,the heel will be on the ground whereas the ball of the foot will be lifted up. 
Also, you will have to stretch your legs or arms quite often to give a better performance.


3. Visharu Adavu

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For Visharu Adavu, the steps are mainly focused on the hands and arms. Usually, the posture would be in an arai mandi posture and it's all up to the hands moving in different directions (side, up, down) for the dance. There are eight steps in total for Visharu.


4. TattiMetti Adavu

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Tatti  have the same neaning as Tatta and Metti  means the heels contacting the floor. In order to perform this, you stand on your toes then you place then heel of your foot down as well. TattiMetti is an important step in the Bharatanatyam.


5. Teermanam Adavu

Teermanam means to finish or to end a scene in the dance. Hence, they are usually danced to end a dance sequence. Furthermore, the dancers will repeat it three times for for the ending. There are nine steps in total for Teermanam

6. Sarikal Adavu

Sarikal  means to slide. It can be performed when one foot is lifted and the other foot slides with it. Then, both heels would be on the ground and you lift the balls of both feet. There are seven steps in total for Sarikal.

7. KudittaMetta Adavu

In KudittaMetta, dancers jump on their toes, land on their toes then place their heels down. After you've mastered it, you can include hand movement later on. This would be done in the arai mandi posture yet again.

All photos taken from Online Bharatanatyam with the permission of owner, Anjali Nandan.