Tattu stands for striking,
and adavu is the unit of dance.
Method of execution
Staying in the
basic Aramandi stance, feet are struck fully on the ground, keeping time with
the mnemonic syllables. Hands are kept firmly on the waist through all the
mnemonic symbols for each Tattadavu are slightly different, the core syllables
Tei Yyā Tei Yyī
Points to remember
- Aramandi stance is maintained
- While striking or lifting the
foot, Aramandi is not
- Weight of the body is evenly
distributed on both the feet. Do not shift the weight of the body from one side
to the other while striking, alternate feet. Do not push or sway the hips.
- While striking, the foot is bent
at the knee, till the heel touches the buttock and then brought down hard on
- Note that this type of lifting/bending
and striking of the foot are possible only in slower speeds i.e., first and
second. This method of striking helps in executing the third speed with ease.
- Hands are kept on the waist with
fingers kept stretched together facing down at an angle.
- Look forward, with head and eyes
remaining at the level of the straightly held head, keeping the body erect.