Hand Yoga with Classical Indian Dance – Bharatnatyam

Bharatnatyam is an ancient form of dance originating from South India. It is a very beautiful and spiritual art that is said to be one of the oldest in India. The Bharatnatyam routine includes many different hand yoga poses or mudras to symbolize other things such as birds, lizards and scissors etc. Bharatnatyam is said to be a form of “fire dancing” where the energy is manifested from the human body. There are other classical Indian dances that represent all the different elements which are also quite spectacular to watch. This style of dance cannot be performed properly by men. There is much spirituality represented by this dance and you can think of it like a cosmic dance of creation.


Below is a photo gallery of some of the various hand yoga poses performed by the expert dancer.


This hand yoga pose is called Pataka hasta (meaning flag)

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Here is the Bhramara (Brahmara) hasta (hand yoga gesture, also called mudra) (meaning “Bee”). This pose is also used in other classical Indian dances such as Odissi and Kuchipudi.

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This one is know as Alapadma hasta (meaning “Lotus”)

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This mudra is called Garuda hasta (meaning “Eagle”) and is also performed in the other classical Indian dances Odissi and Kuchipudi

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Here is the Mrigasirsha hasta hand yoga pose meaning “Deer head”. Again this pose is used in the Odissi and Kuchipudi dances.

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Kartarimukha hasta of indian dance Bharata Natyam (hand yoga)
This hand gesture is known as Kartarimukha hasta (meaning scissors) Odissi and Kuchipudi dances include this pose in their routine.

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Padmakosha hasta of indian dance Bharata Natyam (hand yoga)
Padmakosha hasta hand mudra meaning “Lotus bud” performed in Bharatnatyam dance as well as Odissi and Kuchipudi.

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Chandrakala hasta of indian dance Bharata Natyam (hand yoga)
This is the Chandrakala hasta mudra meaning “Digit of the Moon” of indian classical dance Bharata Natyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi.

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Schukatunda hasta of indian dance Bharata Natyam (hand yoga)
Schukatunda hasta hand yoga gesture meaning “Parrot’s head” which is used in the dances Odissi and Kuchipudi as well.

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Avahittha hasta of indian dance Bharata Natyam (hand yoga)
Finally this pose is showing Avahittha hasta (meaning “dissimulation”)


Over the ages there was a decline in popularity of Bharatnatyam but thankfully we are now seeing a rebirth. Now, it is not uncommon to see this wonderful form of ancient dance on TV shows and even in popular Bollywood movies. You can see a nice video of this beautiful type of hand yoga on our mudra page.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Anil Manoj January 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

Great……..!!!!!!! Thank you….. Yes, the Quintessence of Bharatnatyam…..

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karthi January 20, 2012 at 2:54 am

Hi,
This page is great.
I like your hands.
I would like to see all first and second hand gestures.
Please E-Mail me them.

Thank you

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garima April 21, 2012 at 5:31 pm

hello ma’am
you hav beautiful hands ma’am.
i just loved them i wanted to say can you just send me all the pictures of both samyukta and asamyukta hasta mudras.
thank you
garima

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dandy April 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

heyy i really like your hands and can i see some more hand gestures!!! :d

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dellibabu June 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

it is very good poses

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susmitha July 30, 2012 at 7:58 am

hai mam.
you’r hand postures are very nice…………..
can you send the all mudras photos to my mail.

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S Swapna October 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

nice pictures pls keep single and double hand mudras …..

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Swapna S October 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

pls send me both samyukta and asamyukta hasta mudras.. pls i requesting u…

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Hetal Shukla October 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

Thank you. Beautiful Hand gestures. My daughter if 5 years and she’s learning Bharatnatyam at the moment. Can you pl send me the rest of the pictures of the single and double hand gesture.
Your help will be really appreciated. The pictures you’ve posted are so very clear that it’s really easy for a child to learn.

Regards,
Hetal

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bimal mehta February 14, 2013 at 7:17 am

pl give me a hand mudra photo

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HARITHA May 9, 2013 at 4:11 am

MAAM UR MUDRAS HAVE REALLY HELPED US
THANK YOU MAAM
URS TRULY
SEDHU HARITHA MANIVANNAN.

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K RAGHUVEERA ACHARYA May 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

I want yonimudra posture

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sass September 16, 2013 at 1:15 am

tq..now i can understand the meanings of the hand gestures

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