Adavu

Adavus are basic steps in Bharatanatyam.

They are the basic units of dance.

Many Adavus are combined to form a dance sequence.

Adavu is a Tamil term.

It literally means - the beat.

Adavus are rhythmical motions of the hands, legs, neck, and hip conforming to a specific set of syllables.

A beginner in dancing practices and perfects these Adavus.

 

Origin of Adavus

Adavus have evolved out of the ancient unit of dance called Karanas.

The first mention of Adavus can be found in Mahabharata Chudamani and Tulaja's Sangeetha Saramritha.

In Sangeetha Saramritha, they are included in the section called Sarma Vidhi.

 

Aspects of Adavus

  • Sthanaka - Positions of legs
  • Mandala -  Posture
  • Chari - movements
  • Nritta kshetra - hand gestures

 

Important Adavus

 

Tatta Adavu

 

Adavus

 

Natta Adavu

 

Adavus

 

 

Adavus

 

Visharu Adavu

 

Adavus

 

Tattimitti Adavu

 

Adavus

 

Tirumanam Adavu

 

Adavus

 

Murka Adavu

 

Adavus

 

Jati Adavu

 

Adavus

 

Kuditamitta Adavu

 

Adavus

 

Mandi Adavu

 

Adavus

 

Sarikal Adavu

 

Adavus

 

 

Ramaswamy Sastry and Vighnesh Ghanapaathi

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