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BharatNatyam - Basic Steps - Adavu

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Published on Jun 19, 2011

The basic unit in Bharata Natyam dance composition is the 'Adavu', (derived from 'adu', Telegu for 'beat of the foot').[12] Adavus are a relatively recent desi component in Bharata Natyam. The dance steps were first categorized into adavus by Tanjore Quartet. The execution of adavus varies greatly from style to style. Most schools recognize 108 principal adavus, while some styles include over 150 adavus. Few professional dancers use more than 60. A combination of adavus is called jathis, which make up the Nritta passages in a Bharata Natyam performance. Unlike the margi Nritta composed of the Karanas, the adavus do not convey any rasa.

Ten main adavus are:[13] Tatta Adavu Natta Adavu Visharu Adavu Tatti Metti Adavu Teermanam Adavu Sarikal Adavu Kuditta Metta Adavu Sutral (Murka) Adavu Jaati Adavu Mandi Adavu

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