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Variations: 5

Method of execution

This aḍavu introduces the Pancha Nadais or the five Jātis. Each variation in this adavu is set in a different Jāti. Traditionally these steps are performed with hands on the waist. While performing items, these adavus are used with various mudras as per the lyrics to create rhythmic sequences as endings.

This adavu is performed by adopting the basic stance (Aramaṇḍi) positioning the feet in right angle (Ᾱlīda) with arms on the waist and keeping the head in Sama and eyes looking in front i.e. Sama Dr̥ṣṭi. The feet are then struck either flat on the sole or with the toes.

Mnemonic syllables

The mnemonic syllables for each of the variations is different depending on each Jāti:

1. Tiśra (Three Beats) – Syllable is Ta Kki Ta.

2. Caturaśra (Four Beats) - Syllable is Ta Kka Dhi Mi.

3. Khanḍa (Five Beats) - Syllable is Ta Kka Ta Kki ṭa.

4. Miśra (Seven Beats) - Syllable is Ta Kka Dhi Mi Ta Kki ṭa.

5. Sankirna (Nine Beats) - Syllable is Ta Kka Dhi Mi Ta Kka Ta Kki ṭa.

Body positions


Traditionally, no Mudras are used in performing these steps. 

Hand positions

  • Hands held at the waist or held above the head in a curve  

Points to remember

  • Even as the feet are retained in an L shape in Ᾱlīda / Pratyālīda, the upper body faces front.
  • The movement is spatial.
  •  Aramandi position is held, without any bouncing or bobbing of the body.