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October 17, 2014

Finishing Adavus or Theermanams of Mohiniyattam


The word Theermanam means to conclude. Theermanam are hence known as they are done to culminate a dance sequence or jathi.

FINISHING ADAVU -I





Chollu: THLANKU DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA DHINA THLANKU DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA DHINA THLANKU DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THOM



 This Adavu doesn't necessarily have to be performed exactly like mentioned in the Chollu. The Adavu can be divided into parts accordingly. For e.g. it can be done as 
THLANKU DHINA THOM
THLANKU DHINA THOM
                                                                    THLANKU DHINA THOM


But while learning it is taught as a combination mentioned in the Chollu and later while choreographing an item, they maybe divided into parts or done as a whole as required.

I shall divide and explain each part as an individual Adavu. Hence shall explicate as done on the right side.

Starting Posture: Sit in Aramandi posture with both hands near chest holding Hamsasya

A) THLANKU DHINA THOM

THLANKU - Stamp the right leg . 

DHI  - Change posture to Kaalmandalam while placing the right heel diagonally to the right side . 

NA - While remaining in the same position as DHI , stamp the left leg.

THOM - Bring back the right leg to previous position and change posture to Aramandi. 

During the entire course of the Adavu, rotate right hand at the wrist and change from Hamsasya to Tripathaka  and come back to Hamsasya at the end of the AdavuMove body and eyes   along with direction of the hand.

B)   THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA DHINA THOM


 THLANKU DHINA - Exactly like  in A without THOM but bring back right hand to Hamsasya. 

THARIKITA - Change posture to Kaalmandalam while slightly lifting the right leg and placing it a little away on to the right side diagonally. Change the right hand to Ardhachandra and place it parallel to the right foot opposite the knee. Body should bent towards the right leg and eyes should the right hand. 

 DHINA - Standing in the same position as THARIKITA  , stamp the left leg.

THOM - Come back to starting posture by bringing back the right leg near the left leg. Body, head and eyes should be in Samam.


C)   THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA DHINA THLANKU DHINA THOM

THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA DHINA -  Exactly like  in B

THLANKU DHINA THOM - Exactly like  in A


I shall explain the sequence in which the Adavu is done according to the Chollu given initially.


  • A - on the right side
  • B - on the left side
  • C - on the right side
  • C - on the left side
  • B  - on the right side
  • A - on the left side
The purpose of this is that the dancer will be able to perform the Adavu effortlessly in any sequence as per requirement. Be it AAA or ABC or CBA etc.



FINISHING ADAVU -II




Chollu: THLANKU DHINA THOM
              THARIKITA  THLANKU DHINA THOM  
              THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA  DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA  DHINA THOM
              THARIKITA  THLANKU DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THOM

Starting Posture: Sit in Aramandi posture with right hand near chest holding Hamsasya and left hand on the waist.

Just like the previous Theermanam, this Adavu can also be performed dividing into parts or as a set. I shall explain dividing them into parts as done on the right side.

A) THLANKU DHINA THOM  (THAI DHI THI THAI)

THLANKU (THAI) Stamp the right leg . Move the right hand in a semi-circular motion from the chest to above the head placed diagonally. Move  body,head and eyes along with the hand. 

DHI NA THOM - Do normal DHI THI THAI with the legs. Move the right hand and place it near the navel while changing from Hamsasya to Ardhachandra (pointing down) .


B)    THARIKITA THLANKU DHINA THOM  (THAI THAI DHI THI THAI)

THARIKITA THLANKU (THAI  THAI ) - Stamp the right leg  and left leg one after the other. Move the right hand in a semi-circular motion from the chest to above the head placed diagonally. Move  body,head and eyes along with the hand. 

DHI NA THOM - Do normal DHI THI THAI with the legs. Move the right hand and place it near the navel while changing from Hamsasya to Ardhachandra (pointing down) .


C)    THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA  DHINA THOM  (THAI THAI THAI DHI THI THAI)

THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA (THAI  THAI THAI)  -  Stamp the right leg  ,then the left leg and again the right leg one . Move the right hand in a semi-circular motion from the chest to above the head placed diagonally. Move  body,head and eyes along with the hand. 

DHI NA THOM - Do normal DHI THI THAI with the legs. Move the right hand and place it near the navel while changing from Hamsasya to Ardhachandra (pointing down) .

I shall explain the sequence in which the Adavu is done according to the Chollu given initially.


  • A - on the right side
  • B - on the left side
  • C - on the right side
  • C - on the left side
  • B  - on the right side
  • A - on the left side

FINISHING ADAVU -III



Chollu: THLANKU DHINA THOM
              THARIKITA  THLANKU DHINA THOM  
              THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA  DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA  DHINA THOM
              THARIKITA  THLANKU DHINA THOM
              THLANKU DHINA THOM

Starting Posture: Sit in Aramandi posture with both hands in Dola .

Just like the previous Theermanam, this Adavu can also be performed dividing into parts or as a set. I shall explain dividing them into parts as done on the right side.

A) THLANKU DHINA THOM  (THAI DHI THI THAI)

THLANKU (THAI) Stamp the right leg . Move the right hand from Dola position to above the head in line with the nose. Sway the body gracefully from right side to the left side. Head and eyes should follow the right hand. 

DHI NA THOM - Do normal DHI THI THAI with the legs. Bring back the right hand to the previous position . Move the body back to position. Head and eyes should follow the right hand. 


B)    THARIKITA THLANKU DHINA THOM  (THAI THAI DHI THI THAI)

THARIKITA THLANKU (THAI  THAI ) - Stamp the right leg  and left leg one after the other. Move the right hand from Dola position to above the head in line with the nose. Sway the body gracefully from right side to the left side. Head and eyes should follow the right hand. 

DHI NA THOM - Do normal DHI THI THAI with the legs. Bring back the right hand to the previous position . Move the body back to position. Head and eyes should follow the right hand. 


C)    THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA  DHINA THOM  (THAI THAI THAI DHI THI THAI)

THLANKU DHINA THARIKITA (THAI  THAI THAI)  -  Stamp the right leg  ,then the left leg and again the right leg one .Move the right hand from Dola position to above the head in line with the nose. Sway the body gracefully from right side to the left side. Head and eyes should follow the right hand. 

DHI NA THOM - Do normal DHI THI THAI with the legs. Bring back the right hand to the previous position . Move the body back to position. Head and eyes should follow the right hand. 



These are just a few finishing Adavus. Numerous combinations of Theermanams are possible. For e.g. One can combine the 3rd Thaganam with the above Adavus and make Theermanam sequence.  

May 2, 2014

Mohiniyattam Adavus- Samishram or Vakrams (7 to 11)


Till now all the Adavus which I have explained has been codified by Smt.Kalyanikutty Amma. Now the Adavus I am going explain about in this post are the ones choreographed by my Guru - Smt.Shyamala Surendran.

SAMISHRAM-VII


Chollu: THAAM THARITHA DHINA DHEEM DHIMITHA DHINA
Starting Posture: Sit in Aramandi posture with the right hand near the chest in Tripathaka  and left hand in Dola

THAAM - Cross the right leg in front of the left leg and immediately after that lift the left leg & place it down.  Move the right hand in a sliding manner with the palm facing down to left side. The body,head and eyes should move to the left side.

THARITHA DHINA - Bring back the right leg to original position  and stamp twice . Place the right hand in front of the chest with the palm facing up. Head and eyes are in Samam. Come to Samam position.

DHEEM - Turn the body to the left side and place the left leg behind the right leg and then place the right leg next to left leg . Right hand twists to Soochi near the right eye. Body, head and eyes are in Samam.

 DHIMITHA DHINA - Remaining in the same position as DHEEM (facing front), conclude with Atami on right and left.

Repeat the entire Adavu on the left side.



SAMISHRAM-VIII





Chollu: THAAM THARITHA DHINA DHEEM DHIMITHA DHINA
Starting Posture: Sit in Aramandi posture with the right hand near the chest in Hamsasya  and left hand in Ardhachandra  on the left side above the head with the shoulder parallel to the floor

THAAM - Cross the right leg in front of the left leg and immediately after that lift the left leg & place it down.  Hands remains the same as the starting posture. Body and eyes should move to the left side.

THARITHA  - Bring back the right leg to original position . Change the Hasta on the right hand from Hamsasya to Ardhachandra and on the left hand from Ardhachandra to Hamsasya. 

DHINA - Keep the same posture as THARITHA and stamp the left leg.

DHEEM - Lift the right leg from the ground . Change both hands to Mushti (both hands are still at the original position) and then immediately twist both hands towards left side at the wrist while simultaneously opening them to Tripathaka . Place the leg down as well. The body, head and eyes should move the direction of the hands. 

DHIMITHA DHINA - As a continuation of DHEEM  , the Mudras changes to Hamsasya and  Ardhachandra on the right hand and left hand respectively. Body comes back to Samam. Left and right legs are stamped very softly.

Please note that for a single side; this Adavu is done 4 times i.e. 

  • First one is done on the right side facing front.
  • Second one is done on the left side facing front.
  • Third one is done on the right side facing left side. 
  • Fourth one is done on the left side facing right.
The entire Adavu is then repeated on the left side with the sides reversed i.e.

  • First one is done on the left side facing front.
  • Second one is done on the right side facing front.
  • Third one is done on the left side facing right . 
  • Fourth one is done on the right side facing left .
SAMISHRAM-IX


Chollu: THAAM THARITHA DHINA DHEEM DHIMITHA DHINA
Starting Posture: Sit in Aramandi posture.

THAAM - Cross the right leg in front of the left leg and immediately after that lift the left leg slightly & place it down.  Hold Tripathaka on both hands and place them parallel to  the knee of the right leg with the palms facing up. The body and head should bend accordingly . Eyes should follow the hands. 

THARITHA - Bring back the right leg to original position . Change the Hastas on both hands to Hamsasya and keep them above the head with palms facing up.  Body, head and eyes are in Samam.

DHINA - Keep the same posture as THARITHA and stamp the left leg.

DHEEM - Posture changes to Mukaalmandi . The right hand changes to Ardhachandra and slides to and fro near the waist on the right side. Raise the right leg on to the toes and place it down while the hand moves to & fro. Body turns to the right side and comes back in accordance to the hand. Head and eyes follow the movement of the right hand.   Left hand is still above the head.

DHIMITHA DHINA - DHEEM is repeated on the left side.

Repeat the entire Adavu on the left side.


SAMISHRAM-X




Chollu: THAAM THARITHA DHINA DHEEM DHIMITHA DHINA
Starting Posture: Samam posture - Both hands holding Dola - Right hand in front of the chest and eft hand away from the body .

THAAM  -  Turning the body diagonally to the left side(right shoulder in front) ,place right leg  diagonally to the right side at a distance of about 1.5 feet.  Move the right hand in a downward semi-circular motion from the chest and stretch it diagonally to the right side at eye level. Change the Hasta to Hamsasya. Torso ,head and eyes should follow the movement of the hand. While moving the hand, the dancer must bend her knee as well. 

THARITHA - Bring back the right hand in a similar semi-circular motion near the navel changing from Hamsasya to Ardhachandra  with the index finger pointing down. Right leg is placed behind the left leg in Swastikam.  Turn the body diagonally to the right side ( left shoulder in front). After placing the hand near the navel, turn the head above the left shoulder and look diagonally to the left side. 

DHINA - Remaining in the same position as THARITHA , lift the right leg slightly and place it down on the toes.

DHEEM   - With the body in the same position as THARITHA DHINA , place the right leg diagonally behind to the right side at a small distance and stamp twice. Move the right hand in a downward semi-circular motion diagonally behind .

DHIMITHA - As a continuation of DHEEM, place the right hand above the head changing from Ardhachandra to Mushti (with thumb sticking out). Body ,head and eyes should move along with the hand . After placing right hand above the head, head and eyes should be looking over the left shoulder diagonally to the left side. Bring the left leg to Swastikam behind the right leg.

DHINA - Remaining in the same position as DHIMITHA , lift body from the knee slightly and come back to position.

Repeat the entire Adavu on the left side.


SAMISHRAM-XI


Chollu: THAAM THARITHA DHINA DHEEM DHIMITHA DHINA
Starting Posture: Sit in Aramandi posture.

THAAM - Cross the right leg in front of the left leg and immediately after that lift the left leg & place it down.  Place the hands in Anjali  diagonally above the head on the left side. The torso and head should be leaning to the left side.  Eyes should follow the hand.

THARITHA DHINA - Bring back the right leg to original position and stamp twice. Move the both the near waist ( on their respective sides) changing from Anjali  to Mushti (with thumbs sticking out).  The hands are moved in the manner mentioned below:- 
 The elbow is pulled back to shoulder level  and then brought forward to a level where the fists are in level with the waist.

DHEEM DHIMITHA DHINA - Adavu is repeated on the left side.



January 20, 2014

Mohiniyattam Adavus- Samishram or Vakrams (5 & 6)


 After a break , I am back. I would like to continue with Samishrams. Hopefully by now , everyone's slightly sure about the previous Adavus. This will be helpful in learning rest of the Adavus.

SAMISHRAM-V

The 5th Samishram is a combination of various adavus that we have learnt. You can say it is a combination of the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Thaganams. 



Chollu: THATHTHI THAKANAKA THAKATHITHAKANAKA  THIKUTHATHARI THARIKITADHINA THLANKU DHINATHOM
Starting Posture: Aramandalam posture. Both hands in front of the chest - Tripathaka - palms facing down.

THATHTHI - Raise the right leg slightly and keep it down twice. Body and head should sway slightly to the right side and right palm should turn and should face up. Eyes should move to the right side.

THAKANAKA - Raise the left leg slightly and keep it down twice. Body and head should sway slightly to the left side and left palm should turn face up while the right hand turns to its previous position where the palm faces down. Eyes should move to the left side.

THAKATHI -Bend body slightly from right to left. Keep right leg behind left leg in Swasthikam. Change right hand from Hamsasya to Ardhachandra and left hand still in front of the chest in Hamsasya.

THAKANAKA - Bend body slightly to  right . Keep left leg behind right leg in Swasthikam. Change left hand from Hamsasya to Ardhachandra and right hand still in front of the chest in Hamsasya.

THIKUTHATHARI - Like the 6th Thaganam slightly faster.

THARIKITADHINA - Like the 5th Thaganam slightly faster.

THLANKU DHINATHOM - Do Thai Dhi Thi Thai  with the leg. The right hand circle sideways from Ardhachandra to Hamsasya  and comes back in front the chest. The left hand remains in front of the chest  in Hamsasya. The body and eyes should along with the hand. 

Repeat the entire Adavu on the left side.


SAMISHRAM-VI


Chollu: THATHTHI THAKANAKA THAKUMTHARI KITATHAKA
Starting Posture: Aramandalam posture. Both hands in front of the chest holding  Hamsasya 

THA - Place the right leg towards the right corner at a distance. Change the right hand to Ardhachandra with palm facing up. The right hand is stretched to the right corner parallel to the right leg. Body should along with the hand and leg to the right corner. Left hand is placed above the head in the left corner. 

THTHI - Stamp the left leg while remaining in the same position as THA

THAKA - Place the right hand in front of the chest changing from Ardhachandra to Hamsasya . Change left hand from Hamsasya to Ardhachandra with palm facing up. The right leg is placed behind the left leg in Swastikam.  The body is slanted towards the left side at the waist and should look at the left hand

NAKA - Stamp the left leg while standing in the position as in THAKA

THAKUMTHARI  - Stamp THI THI THAI once at the same place on the right side. The right hand is places near the waist and turns from Ardhachandra to Hamsasya. It should be noted that when the hand is holding Ardhachandra , one should look at the hand and while holding Hamsasya, one should look in front. 

KITATHAKA - Repeat THAKUMTHARI 

Repeat the entire Adavu on the left side.


In this blog post , I am explaining only 2 Samishram Adavus as I believe they are slightly on the tougher side . I would also like to dedicate my next post/s to my Guru Smt.Shyamala Surendran as in the next blog post/s I will be explaining the Adavus which has been choreographed by her.