The introduction to the Jatiswaram
Raga : Rasikapriya
Composer : Lalgudi G Jayaraman
The Jatiswaram will be taught in parts with detailing on rhythm and alignment.
A Jatiswaram is traditionally performed after an Alaripu or Pushpanjali in a BHaratanatyam performance, a combination of Jatis and Swaras, it is a piece that explores rhythm and musicality at once, challenging the physical prowess of the dancer and warming up the audience to receive content that is more layered thereafter. A purely Nritta piece, the Jatiswaram is melodic and rhythmic.
This particular Jatiswaram was originally choreographed by Guru Narmada and later re-choreographed by Guru Rukmini Vijayakumar, retaining some of the elements of the original choreography.
The rhythmic sequences that are layered on the Swaras of the Jatiswaram, are called Korwes. You must all be familiar with Korwes after practising the many Korwes these past months. Watch the Tala video, in the theory section, on counting when dancing to help you through the jatiswaram.