Learn Bharatanatyam - Advanced

This course consists of advanced postures and techniques. Teermana Korvais, Yatis & Ananda Tandavam, Tillana & Kavadi are the steps discussed  in this course. A variety of movements at different speeds and rhythms are performed for an experienced Bharatanatyam practioner

Instructor: Srekala Bharath

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5 weeks







Unit 1: Teermana Korvais, Yatis & Ananda Tandavam

Teermana Korvais 9 min

The word Korvai means to compile, join or thread together. Korvais are adavus when set to a particular Talam (Rhythm) and Kalam (speed) and usually concludes with a Teermanam. The Korvais are a collection of Adavus (steps) with a particular set of Talam (rhythm) and Kalam (speed) which eventually conclude and restart with what is called a Teermana.As an analogy, A Teermana defines a pattern according to which the cycle of Korvai is repeated. Normally Teermana repeats itself thrice before restarting the Korvai which again comes back to the Teermana.  “If we consider ‘Adavus’ as beads, ‘ Talam’  is the thread and ‘ Theermanam’ is the final knot we tie to finish the garland.”  
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Yatis & Ananda Tandavam 15 min

Yatis are different kinds of steps while Ananda Tandavam is – Shiva and Parvati dancing happily to sollukattus or syllables.
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Unit 2: Innovation

Innovation 17 min

Innovation consists of the usage of props and dancing to contemporary themes. In addition to the talent and capability of the dancer and the musical ensemble it is equally important to compliment the performances with ample exterior effect such as the stage props, lighting and background. These elements are called Aharya components of Abhinaya/Natyam (acting).
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Unit 3: Thillana & Kavadi

Thillana & Kavadi 15 min

Thillana - It is a pure nritta item. It shows a variety of movements and time measures for one line of music & geommetrical precision in foot work. Kavadi Sindhu - A Kavadisindhu is a light hearted song set in a folk lore tune singing the praises of Lord Muruga, son of Lord Shiva.  Thillana is the ending portion of the Bharatanatyam performance. It comprises of three rhythmic syllables ti, la and na, which also become a part of the lyrics. Pallavi, Anupallavi which are Jathis, and Charanam which has the Shahityam part in the beginning and a Jathi in the end constitute a Thillana.For Bharatnatyam, Thillana corresponds to various eye and body movements, Sahityam and Korvais. Kavadi Sindhu is a combination of strong classical and soft folk song. A light and enjoyable performance with great importance laid to the Shabdam (words) which are sung in praise of the Lord Murugan, it is sung at the end of the performance.
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