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Unveil the artistry of Kathak Mudras, the graceful hand gestures that tell captivating stories.
Pataka ( पताका हस्त )
पताका हस्त अइगुल्यःकुञ्चिताङ्गुष्टा संश्लिष्टाः प्रसृता यदि | स पताककर: प्रोक्तोनृत्यकर्म विशारदैः || Pataka mudra is a common hand gesture in Kathak dance. It is formed by keeping all fingers straight and together, and bending the thumb so that it touches the end of the index finger. It can be used to represent a variety of things, such as a blessing, the air, sky, or water.
Katakamukha ( कटकामुख हस्त )
कपित्थेतर्जनी चोर्ध्वमुछ्रिताङ्गुष्ठमध्यमा |कटकामुखहस्तोऽयं कीर्तिताभरतागमैः || Katakamukha mudra is a Kathak hand gesture that resembles a crab's face. It is formed by bringing the index, middle, and thumb together, and then elevating the ring finger and little finger at a particular angle. It can be used to represent a variety of things, such as drawing reins, holding a mirror, arranging a pearl necklace, or wielding a long whip.
Kartarimukha ( कर्तरीमुखः हस्त )
अस्यैवचापिहस्तस्य तर्जनीच कनिष्टिका
बाहे :प्रसारित द्वे च स करः कर्तरीमुखः || Kartarimukha mudra is a Kathak hand gesture that resembles a pair of scissors. It is formed by bending the little finger and the ring finger while pressing them against the thumb. The index and middle fingers are then stretched out to resemble the blades of a pair of scissors.
Ardhpataka ( अर्धपताका हस्त )
त्रिपताके कनिष्टाचेत् वक्रिताऽर्घपताकिका || Ardhpataka mudra is a Kathak hand gesture that is formed by bending the ring finger and the little finger while keeping the other fingers straight. It is used to represent a variety of things, such as a leaf, a knife, a riverbank, or an animal horn.
Tripataka ( श्रीपताकः हस्त )
स एव त्रिपताकः स्याद्वकितानामिकाङ्गुलिः || Tripataka mudra is a Kathak hand gesture that is formed by bending the ring finger while keeping the other fingers straight. It is used to represent a variety of things, such as a crown, a tree, a mountain, or a line.
Ardhachandra ( अर्धचंद्र हस्त )
अर्धचन्द्रकरः सोऽयं पताकेऽङ्गुष्ठसारणात् || Ardhachandra mudra is a Kathak hand gesture that resembles a half-moon. It is formed by keeping the thumb straight and apart from the other fingers, which are then curved together to resemble a crescent moon.
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The beautiful blend of graceful movements, mesmerizing footwork, and a fascinating charm, the elegant Indian classical dance form, Kathak, is an art of expression. Its origin revolves around the history of storytellers and the art of storytelling.
Counted among the eight Indian classical dance forms, kathak is derived from the Sanskrit word “Katha” meaning “story”.