Hamsapaksha, aka: Hamsa-paksha, Haṃsapakṣa; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Haṃsapakṣa can be transliterated into English as Hamsapaksa or Hamsapaksha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Haṃsapakṣa (हंसपक्ष, “swan-wings”) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with a ‘single hand’ (asaṃyuta), 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

Haṃsapakṣa (हंसपक्ष, “swan-feather”):—One of the Twenty-eight Single Hands (hasta).—the little finger of the Sarpa-śīrṣa hand is extended. Usage: the number six, constructing abridge, making marks with the nails, arranging.

According to another book: same definition. It is said to beassociated with tāṇḍava dancing, and springs from Tāṇḍi. Itssage is Bharata, its colour indigo, its race Apsara, its patrondeity the God of Love (Pañcasāyaka) . Usage: constructing abridge, restraining, gathering, feathers of a bird, completion, drawing a portrait (rūpa-lekhana) , dusky colour, Apsara caste, and in Śubha-nāṭya.

Source: archive.org: The mirror of gesture (abhinaya-darpana)

Haṃsapakṣa (हंसपक्ष, “swan-wings”).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with a single hand (asaṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): The three fingers stretched, the little finger raised and the thumb bent.

(Uses): It is used to indicate pouring libation of water, and things connected with smell, acceptance of a gift, Ācamana and taking meals by Brahmins, embrace, excessive stupor, horripilation, touch, unguent and gentle massage. It may again be used to indicate according to the Sentiment, amorous action of women relating to the region between their breasts, their sorrow and touching of their chin.

Source: archive.org: Natya Shastra
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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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Haṃsapakṣa (हंसपक्ष).—a particular position o the hand.

Derivable forms: haṃsapakṣaḥ (हंसपक्षः).

Haṃsapakṣa is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms haṃsa and pakṣa (पक्ष).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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