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Holding 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.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: Elements of Art and Architecture in the Trtiyakhanda of the Visnudharmottarapurana (natya)

Holding (a sword, stick, spear, etc.) is associated with Muṣṭi-hasta: one of the twenty-two Single-hand Gestures (in Indian Dramas) (known as asaṃyuktahastas), according to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, an ancient Sanskrit text which (being encyclopedic in nature) deals with a variety of cultural topics such as arts, architecture, music, grammar and astronomy.—The word muṣṭi denotes the clenched hand. According to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, in muṣṭi posture, the fingers are bent towards the palm and the thumb is set on them. The muṣṭi-hasta is used in some activities like striking, hard press of the breast, holding sword, strick and spear etc. In the Abhinayadarpaṇa also, the muṣṭi posture is said to be used in holding things. It speaks that to do the fight with hand this postured is adopted. In the Śabdakalpadruma also, the meaning of the word muṣṭi as a technique of fight has been used.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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