Garudapaksha, aka: Garuḍapakṣa, Garuda-paksha; 2 Definition(s)

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Garudapaksha 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 Garuḍapakṣa can be transliterated into English as Garudapaksa or Garudapaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Garudapaksha in Natyashastra glossaries]

Garuḍapakṣa (गरुडपक्ष) 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): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

One of the saṃyutta-hastāni (Twenty-six combined Hands).—Garuḍa-pakṣa (Garuda wing): Ardha-candra hands held at the sides of the hips, extended upwards. Patron deity Sanandana. Usage: waist string, superiority.

(Source): archive.org: 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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