for stretching, and adavu is the unit of dance.
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.
Teiyum Tat Tat Teiyum Tām
positions in this chapter are
Hands and hand
gestures or Mudras now start getting
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 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