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Kathak Hand Gestures (Kathak Hastra Mudra)

Kathak dance is a form of Indian classical dance. It uses a lot of hand gestures. This Prezi shows some single and two handed gestures that are used in the dance style.
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Chloe Gisborne

on 13 January 2014

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Transcript of Kathak Hand Gestures (Kathak Hastra Mudra)

There are twenty-eight gestures for a single hand (Asanyukta) and there are twenty-four gestures for two hands (Sanyukta)
Hastra Mudra
Pataka


Kathak Hand Gestures
(Hastra Mudra)
Used within the Indian Classical dance called Kathak
Hastra Mudra simply means hand gestures
Hand gestures can be used for many reasons including symbolism, imagery, to express emotions and many more.
Meanings:
opening/closing of a door, flowing river water, saying "no", clouds, forest, taking oath, cutting, wind, horse, take rest, entering a narrow road, slap, touching, rain, blessing and sunlight.
SOME EXAMPLES OF SINGLE HAND GESTURES
Tripataka
Meanings:
Tree, lamp, fire flames, turning around, thunderstorms, writing a letter, pigeon arrow and vajra weapon.
Ardhapataka
Meanings:
Riverbank, flag, leaves, a saw, a tower, a knife, horn, writing on a board and saying "both".
Kartarimukh
Meanings:
Separation between a man and woman, opposite directions, falling, corner of eyes, death, electricity, sleeping after separation form beloved, and stealing.
Mayur
Meanings:
Peacock, creeper, brid of omen, stroking hair, being sick, becoming popular, sprinkling of holy water and the flow or direction of river water.
Ardhachandra
Meanings:
moon, a hand seizing a throat, spear, anxiety, big platter, creation, waist, self meditation, prayer, touch a limb and telling to your soul.
Aral
Meanings:
Drinking poison, drinking nectar, peacock feathers and a beautiful woman.
ShukaTunda
Meanings:
Shooting an arrow, spears, remembering the past and talk in astonishment.
Mushti
Meanings:
Grasping hair, to lift something, wrestling, holding a weapon and climbing a rope.
Shikha
Meanings:
bow, pillar, certainty, Kamdev (god of love), upper lips, teeth, offering to ancestors, recollection, remember, ringing bell and questioning.
MORE SINGLE HAND GESTURES ON WEBSITE: http://www.gaurijog.com/single-hand-mudras.html
Most Single hand gestures have multiple meanings.
The paint used on hands (depending on how it's used) can be used to help show a certain meaning but is mainly used as decoration
SOME EXAMPLES OF TWO HANDED GESTURES
Anjali
Meanings:
Salute to god, to pray and teacher of Brahma. This can be performed in front of head, face and chest.
Kapota
Meanings:
Humbleness, to show respect to teachers and elders
Karkatt
Meanings:
Arrival of a group, stoutness, blowing a shell, stretching limbs and bending a branch on a tree
Swastika
Meanings:
Crocodile, alligator, talk in fear and to argue.
Puspaputa
Meanings:
Water, offering a light, accepting a fruit and offering to the sun in an evening and chant holy prayers.
Katakavardhan
Meanings:
Marriage, coronation and worship.
Kartariswastik
Meanings:
Branches of tree, summit of tree and summit of mountains
Nagabandha
Meaning:
Snakes
Meaning:
Eagle
Garuda
Bherund
Meaning:
Bird couple
kurmha
Meaning:
Tortoise
Varaha
Meaning:
Wild boar
MORE TWO HANDED GESTURES ON WEBSITE:
http://www.gaurijog.com/both-hand-mudras.html
Two handed gestures can have one or more meanings.
Some two handed gestures only have one meaning as it can only represent one thing.
PRESENTATION CREATED BY...
...CHLOE GISBORNE
INFORMATION FROM THE WEBSITE:
http://www.gaurijog.com/kathak-terms-&-mudras.html
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