Annotated Bharatnatyam Data Set

This site presents annotated data sets of Bharatanatyam Adavu's and Sollukattu's for Human-Cpmputer Interaction research. The data set is published by the HCI Research Group at Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. The data set may be freely used in any research with an acknowldgement to the source.

Overview of Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Adavu's are the basic units of Bharatanatyam. While performing Adavu's, the dancer stamps, rubs, touches, slides on the ground in different ways in synchronisation with the music or Sollukattu.
An Adavu and its associated Sollukattu is given below as an Example.

A sample Video of Natta Adavu (Natta, 2nd variation).
Click Here to download its corresponding Audio/sollakattu

Here we provide the audio (Sollakattu) and video (Adavu) data along with the annotated files.
There are 23 unique sollakattus and 15 Adavus with 58 variations.

The distribution of Adavus shown in the following table:
Adavu name Variations
1_Tatta 8
2_Natta 8
3_Pakka 4
4_Mettu 4
5_Nattal 6
6_Tattal 5
7_Paikkal 3
8_Tei_tei_dhata 3
9_Katti_Kartari 1
10_Utsanga 1
11_Mandi 2
12_Sarikkal 3
13_Tirmana 3
14_Sarika 4
15_Joining 3
Total: 15 Adavus Total: 58 variations



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