An Introduction to Hasta Viniyogas

I am ever grateful to The Hindu for all the the space and coverage that they provide for Arts in general and Bharathanatyam in particular . In their recently lanuched beta edition, they have come up with this “Learn the Lingo ” slide show series on the usage of hastas. Anjana Rajan provides the text for this section.

Currently they have completed their series on  Asamyutha Hastas. Their vision is not to provide a complete pictorial dictionary of all the viniyoga slokas. This is an interesting piece of work for students of dance and others who are interested in enriching their Indian classical dance vocabulary.

I just hope their filing method makes  access easier for readers.

Mr. Ragothaman sends in these links to related pages from the Friday features. These pages provide a textual description of the usage.

Asamyutha Hastas ( Single Handed Gestures)

  1. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/07/10/stories/2009071050110200.htm (Pathakam)
  2. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/07/17/stories/2009071750540200.htm (Tripathakam)
  3. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/07/24/stories/2009072450110200.htm (Ardhapathakam)
  4. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/07/31/stories/2009073150090200.htm (kartarimukham)
  5. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/08/07/stories/2009080750090200.htm (Mayuram)
  6. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/08/14/stories/2009081450110200.htm (Ardhachandran)
  7. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/08/21/stories/2009082150130200.htm Aralam
  8. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/08/28/stories/2009082850070200.htm Shukathundam
  9. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/09/04/stories/2009090450100200.htm-Mushti
  10. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/09/11/stories/2009091150070200.htm-Shikaram
  11. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/09/18/stories/2009091850300200.htm- Kapitham
  12. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/09/25/stories/2009092550080200.htm Katakamukham
  13. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/10/02/stories/2009100250090200.htm -suchi
  14. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/10/09/stories/2009100950320200.htm- chandrakala
  15. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/10/16/stories/2009101650100200.htm padmakosham
  16. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/10/23/stories/2009102350110200.htm sarpasirsham
  17. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/10/30/stories/2009103050490200.htm mrigasirsham
  18. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/11/06/stories/2009110650110200.htm simhamukham
  19. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/11/13/stories/2009111350080200.htm kangulam
  20. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/11/20/stories/2009112050430200.htm alapadmam
  21. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/11/27/stories/2009112750110200.htm chaturam
  22. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/12/04/stories/2009120450290200.htm bramharam
  23. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/12/11/stories/2009121150480200.htm hamsasyam
  24. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/12/18/stories/2009121850120200.htm hamsapakshakam
  25. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2009/12/25/stories/2009122550120200.htm sandamsham
  26. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/01/01/stories/2010010150360200.htm mukulam
  27. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/01/08/stories/2010010850110200.htm tamarachuda
  28. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/01/22/stories/2010012250630200.htm trishoolam

Samyutha hastas (Two-handed/Joint gestures)

  1. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/01/29/stories/2010012950080200.htm Anjali
  2. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/02/05/stories/2010020550180200.htm Kapotham
  3. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/02/12/stories/2010021250410200.htm karkatam
  4. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/02/19/stories/2010021950150200.htm Swasthikam
  5. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/02/26/stories/2010022650140200.htm Dola
  6. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/03/05/stories/2010030550410200.htm pushpaputam
  7. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/03/12/stories/2010031250150200.htm Utsangam
  8. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/03/19/stories/2010031950180200.htm shivalingam
  9. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/03/26/stories/2010032650700200.htm katakavardhanam
  10. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/04/02/stories/2010040250130200.htm kartariswasthikam
  11. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/04/09/stories/2010040950150200.htm shakatam
  12. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/04/16/stories/2010041650430200.htm shankhu
  13. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/04/23/stories/2010042350130200.htm chakram
  14. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/04/30/stories/2010043050420200.htm samputam
  15. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/05/07/stories/2010050750160200.htm pasha
  16. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/05/14/stories/2010051450370200.htm kilakam
  17. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/05/21/stories/2010052150340200.htm Matsya
  18. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/05/28/stories/2010052850460200.htm Koorma
  19. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/06/11/stories/2010061150150200.htm Garuda
  20. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/06/18/stories/2010061850470200.htm Nagabhandam
  21. http://www.hindu.com/fr/2010/06/25/stories/2010062550120200.htm Katva

If you did find the missing ones, please let us know.

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