Ardha-pataka, aka: Ardha-patāka, Ardhapatāka, Ardhapataka; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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One of the Twenty-eight Single Hands (hasta):—Ardha-patāka (half-flag): the little finger of the Tripataka handis also bent. Usage: tender shoots (pallava), panel for writingor drawing (phalaka), bank of a river, dagger (krakaca), knife, flag, tower (gopura), horn (sṛṅga), saying “Both.”

Source: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Ardhapatāka (अर्धपताक) or Ardhapatākahasta refers to “dvaita philosophy” and represents one of the twenty-four gestures with a single hand, as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—Accordingly, pratimā-lakṣaṇa (body postures of the icons) is comprised of hand gestures (hasta, mudrā or kai-amaiti), stances/poses (āsanas) and inflexions of the body (bhaṅgas). There are thirty-two types of hands [viz., ardhapatāka-hasta] classified into two major groups known as tolirkai (functional and expressive gestures) and elirkai (graceful posture of the hand).

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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