Dandapaksha, Daṇḍapakṣa, Danda-paksha: 2 definitions

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Introduction:

Dandapaksha means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Daṇḍapakṣa can be transliterated into English as Dandapaksa or Dandapaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Daṇḍapakṣa (दण्डपक्ष).—One of the 108 karaṇas (minor dance movement) mentioned in the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 4. The instructions for this daṇḍapakṣa-karaṇa is as follows, “observing Ūrdhvajānu Cārī, Latā hands to be placed on the knee.”. A karaṇa represents a minor dance movements and combines sthāna (standing position), cārī (foot and leg movement) and nṛttahasta (hands in dancing position).

2) Daṇḍapakṣa (दण्डपक्ष) also refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with ‘dance hands’ (nṛttahasta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra

Daṇḍapaksa (दण्डपक्स).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with dance-hands (nṛttahasta);—(Instructions): The two Haṃsapakṣa hands moved alternately and then held out like a staff. The Dance-hands are to be used in forming Karaṇas.

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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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