The Alaripu is the first piece that anyone learns in Bharatanatyam as a student. Alaripu means to bloom. It begins with isolations of the head, shoulders, neck and then progresses into larger movement of the torso.
This Alaripu is in the Mishra Chapu Tala with the 'Tirupugazh' sung at the background. The theme of the peacock is therefore used to show the theme of Muruga within the structure of the Alaripu.
Tala: Mishra Chapu
Artist: O.S. Arun
Featured artist: M.S. Sukhi
Album: Dance Celestial (Bharatanatyam Songs)