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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Natya Shastra Abhinavabharati Mudras. Certain movements are characteristic to Kuchipudi. To show friendly talk.

List of mudras (dance)

To show an Alligator a crocodiletalking with fear, to show an argument and to praise. It is used to represent the bride and the groom, excessive weight, embracing a pillar. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

When two hands in the Arala position are crossed vertically at the wrist and are shifted to the left, it is the Swastika hasta. Vachika Abhinaya – the expression through voice, speech and song.

The same holds true for viniyogas i. When the forefinger of the Kapitta hasta is stretched out, it is the Suchi hasta. When three fingers are spread out, the little finger is lifted up and the thumb is kept within the palm, it is the Chatura hasta. There are various slokas verses from the ancient texts that enumerate the usage of the hastas.


These are used at different levels of the body, in different directions and in various configurations to mean a variety of things. Kuchipudi dancers used to be erratic, scintillating, rounded and fleet footed.

When the fingers in the Padmakosha hasta are bent harder, it is the Urnanabha hasta because it resembles a spider. When two hands in the Arala position are crossed and lifted up towards forearms, it is the Utsanga hasta.

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When all fingers including the thumb are kept close to one another and are slightly bent towards the palm, it is the Sarpasirsha hasta. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Hotra sacrificeHavya a ritual of fire offeringan umbrella, a garland of haatas, churning. Theory of the dance.

When in the Tripataka hasta the index finger faces the back of the middle finger, it is the Kartarimukha hasta. If two palms in the Pataka position are joined together, it is the Anjali hasta. The first evolved kuchipuddi Bharat Natyam and the second into Kuchipudi. To express a woman, calling, deer’s head, cheeks.


List of mudras (dance) – Wikipedia

When the forefinger and the thumb are kept without any gap and the remaining fingers are stretched out, it is the Hamsasya hasta. When the thumb is bent outside, the rest of the fingers are brought together and the shape resembles a bow, it is the Ardhachandra hasta.

Kuchipydi is used to express patience, intoxication, arrogance. To show shanku Conch. 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.

To show Playful, Quarrel, Rope and Chains.

These are called Viniyoga Slokas. This page was last edited on 20 Septemberat When two hands in the Hamsapaksha position are crossed at the wrist, it is called the Vardhamana hasta.

Asamyuta Hastas – gestures of one hand carrying a kuchi;udi semantic load. Samyuta Hastas – gestures of two hands also having certain meaning.