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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There is also historical evidence that the art prospered during the rule of the Satavahanas 2nd century BC. In dance they are realized as sattvika, vachika and angika abhinayas respectively. To cover things and to show the sacred box in which the idols are placed.

Viniyoga Sloka Neeraajenavidhou baala Vaari Phaladikrehanaepicha Sandhyayaam marghyadaanecha Mantrapushpecha yujyathae. It is used to show weakness, to sigh, to find nastas. Viniyoga Sloka Raakshasaabhinayechaayam Niyukto Bharatadibhihi.

With all that one should distinguish the notions of hastas and mudras. Viniyoga Sloka Khatvahastobhavedeshaha Khatvaadishu Niyujyate. Viniyoga Sloka Bherundhapakshi Dampatyorbherundhaka Eteeritaha. When the left hand of the Mukula hasta is covered by the right hand of the Mushti hasta, it is the Nishadha hasta.

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Hastas hand gestures are the part of Angika Abhinaya and include the ways of expression through the physical body head, eyes, nose, hands etc. The first evolved asamyutz Bharat Natyam and the second into Kuchipudi.

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Besides, the meanings of hastas are divided into three groups:. Viniyoga Sloka Viniyogastu tatsyva Shivalingasya darshanae. Each of the hastas can be used to denote various thoughts, ideas and objects. When the forefinger of the Kapitta hasta is stretched out, it is the Suchi hasta.

If the ring finger and the little finger of the Kapitta hasta are raised up and the asamyita finger is bent forward, then it is the Katakamukha hasta. To show Playful, Quarrel, Rope and Chains. Natural – the hastas expressing simple movements: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

To express a woman, calling, deer’s head, cheeks. To show Shivalinga Lord Shiva.

Viniyoga Sloka Shankhaadishuniyujyoya Mityevam Bharataadayaha. This form of dance is as prehistoric as Natya astra 1st century BC. Natya Shastra Abhinavabharati Mudras. Aharya Abhinaya – the expression through costumes, make-up and ornaments.

Asamyuta Hastas. Single Hands Gestures

When all fingers are separated from one another and are turned towards the palm in a circular way, it is the Alapadma hasta. When all fingers kucuipudi bent towards the palm and the thumb is placed on top of the other four fingers, it is the Mushti hasta. If the thumb of the Mushti hasta is lifted up, it is the Shikhara hasta. When all fingers hasgas straightened and kept close to one another, it is the Pataka hasta.


It is used to express patience, intoxication, arrogance. Nritta Hastas – decorative gestures without a certain meaning and which are the pure dance technique.

But very soon it gained popularity in all over South India, in particular. Your email address will not be published. To show Coronation, to worship and to show weddings. This hasta is used for greetings and is held above the head to greet Gods, it is held between brows to greet Gurus and in front of the chest to greet Brahmins and scholars. Nataraja Tandava Rasa lila Lasya. Used in the beginning of a dance. Sattvika Abhinaya dominates mainly in Nataka dramaAngika kchipudi is expressed in Nritta pure dance, technique and kuchipydi are both equally strong in Nritya solo dance.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. One can express almost everything in dance with the help of hastas, but their usage must not be isolated from the body movements and the meaning must necessarily be supported by expressions of face and eyes. Used for the salutation to God, Teacher and the Learned.