Tei Yyā Tei Yyī - Tattadavu

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Tattu stands for striking, and adavu is the unit of dance.

Variations: 8

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 Tattadavus.

Mnemonic syllables

Though the mnemonic symbols for each Tattadavu are slightly different, the core syllables are

Tei Yyā Tei Yyī

Body positions

Hand Positions

  • Hands held at waist

Points to remember

  • Aramandi stance is maintained throughout.
  • While striking or lifting the foot, Aramandi is not disturbed.
  • 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 the floor.
  • 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.