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