Khatakamukha, Khaṭakāmukha, Khataka-mukha: 9 definitions


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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[«previous next»] — Khatakamukha in Natyashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

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

Khaṭakāmukha (खटकामुख) refers to one of the twenty-two Asaṃyuktahastas or “single hand gestures” (in Indian Dramas), 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 hasta-mudrās (lit. “hand-gestures”) are very essential to denote some particular action or state in dancing and these mudrās are formed with the help of hands and fingers.—The word khaṭakāmukha is an amalgamation of two words khaṭaka and mukha. The word khaṭaka denotes a half closed hand and mukha means mouth. The term mukha also denotes beginning as it is used in the usage of mukhasandhi. According to the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa, in khaṭakāmukha-hasta, the thumb remains inside the fist, and the ring finger and the small finger are lifted and bent. This posture is used to denote sacrifice, holding of an umbrella or a garland or rope, dragging and fanning.

Apart from holding a garland and necklace, the Abhinayadarpaṇa also suggests the use of this posture to show the activities like picking flowers, offering betel leaves, preparing paste, applying perfumes etc.

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Khatakamukha in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Khaṭakāmukha (खटकामुख).—A particular position of the hand in shooting.

-khaḥ A man in the attitude of sheoting.

Derivable forms: khaṭakāmukham (खटकामुखम्).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Khaṭakāmukha (खटकामुख).—m.

(-khaḥ) A man in the attitude of shooting.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Khaṭakāmukha (खटकामुख).—A certain posture of the hand, [Amaruśataka, (ed. Calcutt.)] 1.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Khaṭakāmukha (खटकामुख):—[=khaṭakā-mukha] [from khaṭaka > khaṭa] m. a particular position of the hand, [Amaru-śataka; Purāṇa-sarvasva]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Khaṭakāmukha (खटकामुख):—[khaṭakā-mukha] (khaḥ) 1. m. A man shooting.

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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 (even English!). 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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