Nrittahasta, aka: Nṛttahasta, Nritta-hasta; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Nṛttahasta can be transliterated into English as Nrttahasta or Nrittahasta, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Nṛttahasta (नृत्तहस्त) refers to “dance hands”, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 9. It is one of the three classes of ‘gestures and movements of hands’. The hands 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).

There are thirteen ‘gestures of dance hands’ defined:

  1. caturasra,
  2. udvṛtta,
  3. talamukha,
  4. svastika,
  5. viprakīrṇa,
  6. arālakhaṭakāmukha,
  7. āviddhavakra,
  8. sūcyāsya,
  9. recita,
  10. ardharecita,
  11. uttānavañcita,
  12. pallava,
  13. nitamba,
  14. keśabandha,
  15. latā,
  16. karihasta,
  17. pakṣavañcitaka,
  18. pakṣapradyotaka,
  19. garuḍapakṣa,
  20. daṇḍapakṣa,
  21. ūrdhvamaṇḍalī,
  22. pārśvamaṇḍalī,
  23. uromaṇḍalī,
  24. uraḥpārśvārdhamaṇḍalī,
  25. muṣṭikasvastika,
  26. nalinīpadmakośa,
  27. alapallava,
  28. ulbaṇa,
  29. lalita,
  30. valita.
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Dance-hands (nṛttahasta) are also to be used. As their name implies these hands were exclusively to be used in dance, but for reasons mentioned above they were sometimes utilized at the time of declamation or recitation.

Source: 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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Shilpashastra (iconography)

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Nṛttahasta (नृत्तहस्त) refers to “combined dance hand gestures” and represents one of the two divisions of “hand gestures” (Hasta or Mudrā), and forms one of the three divisions of pratimālakṣaṇa (body postures of the icons), as defined according to texts dealing with śilpa (arts and crafs), known as śilpaśāstras.—The technical term used in the texts to denote the finger poses is mudrā and hasta. The term hasta is generally used in cases where the whole of the arm along with the hand is shown in a particular pose. The hastas are of two categories. They are the asaṃyuta-hastas (single hand gestures) and the saṃyuta-hastas (double hand gestures). There are nṛtta-hastas (the combined hand gestures pertaining to dance) found in dance. But these hastas are not used often in Bharatanatyam.

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)
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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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