Teiyum Tat Tat Teiyum Tām – Nāttadavu

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Nāttu stands for stretching, and adavu is the unit of dance.

Variations: 8

Method of execution

Staying in the basic Aramandi stance, one foot is struck fully on the ground, like Tattadavu, while the other is stretched to the front at right angles to, or to the side opposite to, or at an angle; from the static foot in Aramandi. The heel of the stretched foot is placed with the toes flexed upwards. The knee of the stretched leg is fully stretched and has no bend whatsoever.   

Mnemonic syllables

Teiyum Tat Tat Teiyum Tām

Body positions

The body positions in this chapter are

Hands and hand gestures or Mudras now start getting used.

Hand Positions

The positions held by the hands are

  • Nātyārambha:  Hands stretched at shoulder level, with palms facing down, tips of fingers stretched upwards, in the respective mudra, and elbows bent and raised above the line of the outstretched hands, to form a gentle curve, and provide strength to the outstretched arm
  • Position at chest level: Hands single or both, with respective mudra are bent at chest level and held away from the body with the elbows raised to chest level
  • Position with both hands stretched forward: Hands single or both, with respective mudra  stretched forward at 45 degree angles away from the body
  • Hands held at diagonals: Hands single or both, with respective mudra, held in a diagonal to the side or front of the body
  • Hands held above head: Hands single or both, with respective mudra, held above the head with elbow flexed outward to form a nice curve overhead


Points to remember

  • The extended or stretched leg is placed alongside the body or in the front at a right angle to the body.
  • The extended leg is always fully stretched at the knee creating a 45 degree angle of the leg from the hip.
  • The heels of the stretched leg rest on the floor while the toes are flexed upward.
  • Aramandi position is never disturbed while the leg is stretched or brought back.
  • To bring back the stretched leg to Aramandi position, bend at the knee, so that the heel strikes the buttock and then place in Aramandi position.
  • Eye movements follow hand movements.