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Kathak Hand Gestures (Kathak Hastra Mudra)
Transcript of Kathak Hand Gestures (Kathak Hastra Mudra)
Kathak Hand Gestures
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.
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
Tree, lamp, fire flames, turning around, thunderstorms, writing a letter, pigeon arrow and vajra weapon.
Riverbank, flag, leaves, a saw, a tower, a knife, horn, writing on a board and saying "both".
Separation between a man and woman, opposite directions, falling, corner of eyes, death, electricity, sleeping after separation form beloved, and stealing.
Peacock, creeper, brid of omen, stroking hair, being sick, becoming popular, sprinkling of holy water and the flow or direction of river water.
moon, a hand seizing a throat, spear, anxiety, big platter, creation, waist, self meditation, prayer, touch a limb and telling to your soul.
Drinking poison, drinking nectar, peacock feathers and a beautiful woman.
Shooting an arrow, spears, remembering the past and talk in astonishment.
Grasping hair, to lift something, wrestling, holding a weapon and climbing a rope.
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
Salute to god, to pray and teacher of Brahma. This can be performed in front of head, face and chest.
Humbleness, to show respect to teachers and elders
Arrival of a group, stoutness, blowing a shell, stretching limbs and bending a branch on a tree
Crocodile, alligator, talk in fear and to argue.
Water, offering a light, accepting a fruit and offering to the sun in an evening and chant holy prayers.
Marriage, coronation and worship.
Branches of tree, summit of tree and summit of mountains
MORE TWO HANDED GESTURES ON WEBSITE:
Two handed gestures can have one or more meanings.
Some two handed gestures only have one meaning as it can only represent one thing.
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