Learn Bharatanatyam - Basic

After one has sufficiently mastered the Beginner portion of the Bharatanatyam course, one can move on to other techniques mentioned in this Basic course. This course elucidates movements such as the Adavus(Jumps), Rasas, Bedhas(Head and feet movements), Padam and Javali to take another stride towards being proficient in this classical art form.

Instructor: Srekala Bharath

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4 weeks







Unit 1: Intermediate Adavus

Paidal Adavus - Leaps 9 min

Paidhal or Paichal is a Tamil term that means “to leap”. A very graceful step in itself, paidhal is usually seen at the end of korvai(a string of adavus) as part of ardhis..(The concluding steps). Paidhal itself includes a variety of leaps and may also be coupled with spins (Bramhari). It also includes the famous Kartari(Scissors) Adavu where the movement of the hand and feet trace criss-cross patterns in space.
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Utplavanam & Thattumettu Adavus 16 min

Utplavana means leaps while Thattumettu means to strike & beat as and when the foot strikes the floor, is raised on its toes, and beats the floor with the heals. Utplavanam means to jump and Thattumatta means to hit and strike. These are again modifications of the Padabhedha (feet and heel movement and gestures) which involves jumping and more positions for the knees. Jumping actions on different directions each have separate names and identities. Even the way in which the knees will be positioned while in Muzhumandalam (fully bent legs with feet apart) is of great importance and represents different meaning and depictions.
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Unit 2: One more step

Bedhas - Head & feet movements 10 min

Bhedha is a term that denotes a change/difference (from the previous state).This Sanskrit word is very commonly used word in south asian languages. Bhedhas in dance terminology means a variety of movements prescribed for a particular anga/pratyanga. The characteristics of the performance are brought out through the precise body movements during the dance which not only expresses the actions of the story objects but are also wonderfully crafted. These movements are called Bhedhas.
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Rasas 5 min

Rasas (Sanskrit: रस lit. 'juice' or 'essence') denote an essential mental state and is the dominant emotional theme of a work of art or the primary feeling that is evoked in the person that views, reads or hears such a work.They are the core facial expressions that define all the basic emotions of human feelings.
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Padam and Javali 15 min

Padams and Javalis are scholarly compositions in the classical genre on the theme of Sringara Rasa, depicting the Nayaka Nayaki bhava. Padams are intricately crafted lyrical songs. They bring out their respective raagabhava to the utmost extent. A padam may have as its protagonist a Nayaka, a Nayika or a Sakhi, who bring out the appropriate emotions. Javalis are more livelier than padams; usually sung in madhyama kaalam. Owing to their relative liveliness, javalis give themselves very well to shorter time periods of Abhinaya exposition
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