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Hinduism - What Is The Kataka Hasta?


 A hand gesture (hasta) in which the tips of the fingers are loosely connected to the thumb to form a ring (the term kataka literally means "bracelet") in Indian dance, sculpture, and ritual.

This hasta is often seen in Hindu goddess depictions, but it also has a practical purpose: a new flower may be put into her palm every day. 


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Hinduism - What Is Hasta In Indian Performance Art?

 


 (“hand”) A hasta is a hand posture used in Indian dance, sculpture, and ritual.

In some circumstances, the hasta's name may merely describe the form of the hand, as in varada hasta, or the "gift-giving" gesture; in other cases, the hasta's name may only describe the hand's shape, as in kataka hasta, in which the tips of the fingers are loosely linked to the thumb.

All of these movements have several symbolic connotations in the context of dance, and the dancer may utilize them to convey a narrative via her motions.

The terms hasta and mudra ("seal"), which are both used to describe hand movements, have considerable overlap in meaning and are often used interchangeably.

Mudras, on the other hand, are more clearly defined and stylized than hastas.

They emphasize finger positions rather than full hand postures; the fingers are constantly in extremely particular positions.

Mudras have highly unique symbolic connotations at all times.

 

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