The Theermana or Makutadavu, is placed at the end of a Korwe or Jathi in specific rhythmic patterns, to create an ending.
The leg is either placed outstretched directly in front or at a diagonal of 45 degrees. The foot is flexed and the heel strikes the floor. In the Raadha Kalpa method we begin with the leg at 45 degrees. The other variation is introduced at a later stage.
Things to keep in mind.
- The arms start at a right angle, make certain that the arm moves to the side only as the back arm comes to the front. Do not push it to the side prior to that. Keep the Natyarambham constant as the arm moves to the side.
- The Raadha kalpa method uses only Pataka and Alapadma to begin with. There is no Katakamukha between the two.
- Make certain to strike the floor for all the beats. The second beat of the supporting leg is usually neglected.
- Stretch your leg completely. There is a tendency to leave the knee slightly bent sometimes.
- Stretch your arm completely to the back in all speeds.