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The Alarippu (meaning flowering bud) is traditionally the first dance piece that Bharatanatyam dancers learn and perform in this type of classical dance recital.[1] It is an invocation piece, symbolizing the offering of respects to both God and the audience.[2]

It is a dance piece accompanied by a nattuvanar (verbal percussionist) and a mrudangist. While dancing this piece shows basic steps. It contains no abhinaya (facial expressions). [3] The act is entirely based on rhythm and is focused on relaxing the body of the dancer, thereby relaxing their mind and symbolizes their awakening.[4].It is generally taught to dancers first in Tishra Ekam tala. It is danced based on the Thaalams with the movement of our head, hand, arms, legs, knee, heel, etc..., which gives a exercise to the whole body including the eyes.!!!


  1. ^ Faubion Bowers (1953). "The dance in India". Columbia University Press: 48–50.
  2. ^ Roy, Sujoya (June 15, 2005). For Ganesh, Remover of Obstacles. iUniverse, Inc. p. 219. ISBN 0-595-34556-5.
  3. ^ Ragini Devi (July 1, 2002). Dance Dialects of India (3 ed.). Motilal Banarsidass Pub. p. 56. ISBN 81-208-0674-3.
  4. ^ Vatsayan, Kapila (June 15, 2003). The Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts. Abhinav Publications. p. 81. ISBN 81-7017-362-0.