Tat Tei Tām

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Description

Variations: 6

Method of execution

The signature movement introduced in this adavu is the swirling movement. This Aḍavu involves balancing the weight of the body on one foot, while the other foot is made to swirl round.

Mnemonic syllables

Tat Tei Tāṁ Dhit Tei Tāṁ

Body positions


Hand Positions

  • 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, are stretched forward at 45 degree angles away from the body.
  • Hands held at angles and diagonals: Hands single or both, with respective mudra, are held in a diagonal to the side or front of the body.
  • Hands held above head: Hands single or both, with respective mudra, are held above the head with elbow flexed outward to form a nice curve overhead.
  • One hand is held above the head, with palm facing upwards, in respective mudra, while the other hand is stretched straight from the shoulder at shoulder level with palm facing front.
  • One hand is held above the head, with palm facing upwards, in respective mudra, while the other hand is stretched straight from the shoulder downward in a 45 degree angle alongside the body with palm facing down.
  • Hands are brought in a slight curve from Nātyārambha to chest level, or shoulder level to chest level.

 

Mudras


Points to remember

  • There are different bends and leans and turns of the body that accompany the adavu and are specific to the respective adavu.
  • When sitting in Muzhumandi, sit with heels together, and spine erect.
  • Wherever there is a jump integrated into the adavu, jump lightly and land in Aramandi.
  • The circling arm always stays stretched.