The Kuchipudi style follows Natyashastra more than any other dance form in India. Asamyuta Hastas – gestures of one hand carrying a certain semantic load. One of the most striking features of Indian classical dance is the use of hand gestures. So vast are the subtleties expressed in the hand gestures of hasta that the Bharatanatyam · Kathak · Kathakali · Kuchipudi · Manipuri · Mohiniyattam. Hastas / Mudras (hand gestures) are primarily classified as 28 Asamyuta Hastas ( one-hand gesture) and 24 Samyuta Hastas (two-hand gestures).

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When two hands in the Sarpasirsha position are placed on the forearms, it is called the Gajadanto hasta.

Vachika Abhinaya – the expression through voice, speech and song. Each of the hastas can be used to denote various thoughts, ideas and objects. When two hands in the Shukatunda position meet each other on the chest with palms turned upwards and kuchipuudi palms are turning slowly over downwards, it is called the Avahitta hasta.

So vast are the subtleties expressed in the hand gestures of hasta that the vastness of what being human entails, and perhaps even what the entire universe contains, might be expressed by the dancer. This is mudra is used to express feeling of touch, anger, jealousy. When all fingers are straightened and kept close to one another, it is the Pataka hasta.

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Asamyuta Hastas. Single Hands Gestures

There is difference in the demonstration itself. But very kuchipuvi it gained popularity in all over South India, in particular. Samyuta Hastas two-hand gestures This page describes the different hand gestures used in Bharathanatyam.

Natural – the hastas expressing simple movements: When all fingers are separated from one another and are turned towards the palm in a circular way, it is the Alapadma hasta.

Every person’s life becomes apparent by means of three aspects: Abhinaya Darpana mentions 28, 23 and 13 respectively. One of the most striking features of Indian classical dance is the use of hand gestures.

When the thumb is bent outside, the rest of the fingers are brought together and the shape resembles a bow, it is ahstas Ardhachandra hasta. From the Natya Shastra, a text on the arts, this beautiful quotation and translation is often quoted by Indian classical dance instructors:.

This is a list of only a few hastamudras. If in the Pataka hasta the ring finger is kept bend, it is the Tripataka hasta.

List of mudras (dance)

It is used to represent fish, crocodile. Sattvika Abhinaya – the expression through bhavas, i. There are some differences between them in either the number of hastas or in the number of their meanings. When all fingers including the thumb are kept close to one another and are slightly bent towards the palm, it is the Sarpasirsha hasta. If all fingers of the Sarpasirsha hasta are stretched out and bent forward besides the thumb and the little finger which are raised upthen it is the Mrigasirsha hasta.

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List of mudras (dance) – Wikipedia

There are 13 types hawtas Samyuta mudras classified as follows- Anjali: When the thumb and the forefinger of the Arala hasta are bent like pincers and the palm is a little hollow, it is the Sandamsa hasta. To show a bird couple. This page was last edited on 20 Septemberat To show Boar Wild Pig.

It shares many common features with Bharatnatyam.

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Thus for example in Natyashastra they mention circa 35 different meanings for Pataka hasta while in Abhinaya Darpana there are more khchipudi 40 of them. To show the branches of a tree, tip of Mountains and Trees. Interpretive – the gestures imitating the most characteristic features of an object: Viniyoga Sloka Viniyogastu tatsyva Shivalingasya darshanae.

If the thumb of the Mushti hasta is lifted up, it is the Shikhara hasta.

Asamyuta Hastas – gestures of one hand carrying a certain semantic load. If the ring finger and the little finger of the Kapitta hasta are raised up and the middle finger is bent forward, then it haatas the Katakamukha hasta. Wikimedia Commons has media related to mudras.