Ushtha, aka: Uṣṭha; 1 Definition(s)


Ushtha 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.

The Sanskrit term Uṣṭha can be transliterated into English as Ustha or Ushtha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Uṣṭha (उष्ठ) refers to the “lips”. It is one of the parts of the human body with which gestures (āṅgika) are performaned, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. These gestures form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).

There are six different ‘gestures of the lips’ (uṣṭha) defined:

  1. vivartana (narrowing),
  2. kampana (trembling),
  3. visarga (spreading out),
  4. vinigūhana (concealing),
  5. sandaṣṭaka (biting),
  6. samudgaka (contracting).
Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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Samudgaka (समुद्गक).—1) A covered box or casket; तेन च कुपितेन हृतं तच्चर्मरत्नमाभरणसमुद्गकश्च ...
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Sandaṣṭaka (सन्दष्टक, “biting”).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with the lips (uṣṭha...
Vinigūhana (विनिगूहन, “concealing”).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with the lips (u...

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