Meaning : Refers to the rhythmic basic bharatatanatyam walk.
Pancha Nadai’s – 5 basic Nadai’s based on the number of beats
1. Chaturasra (4 beats ) – Tha Ka Dhi Mi I Tha Ka Ja Nu II
2. Tisra ( 3 beats ) – Tha Ki Ta I Tha Ki Ta II
3. Misra ( 7 beats ) – Tha Ki Ta I Tha Ka Dhi Mi II
4. Khanda ( 5 beats ) – Tha Ka I Tha Ki Ta II
5. Sankeerna ( 9 beats) – Tha Ka Dhi Mi I Tha Ka I Tha Ki Ta II
Nadai is performed either forwards or backwards in two speeds.