Upahasta; 1 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Upahasta (उपहस्त) refers to five characteristics of the hand (hasta) according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33.

The following are the five upahastas:

  1. Kartarī,
  2. Samahasta,
  3. Hastapāṇi,
  4. Vartanā,
  5. Daṇḍahasta.

Accordingly, “The four qualities of all these hands are elegance, switftness, variety and firmness. These are what I had to say about the characteristics of hands”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
Natyashastra book cover
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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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