Kapota Hand Gesture (Mudra)

March 11th, 2008 by Anjali

When the Anjali Mudra is slightly bulging at the knuckles of the palm we get the Kapota Hasta. In this gesture the palms touch each other only at the Tips and the base of the palm. The center is cupped.

Kapota Hand Gesture (Mudra)

Lets take look the Viniyoga shloka (uses) of the Kapota Hasta

Praname guru sambhashe
vinayange kruteshvayam

The shloka says that Kapota can be used to denote the following:

  • Respectful salutations.
  • Such a Mudra is held while conversation with teachers or Guru .
  • Its a mark of acceptance or obedience.
  • It shows the Vinayam (down to earth attitude) quality of an individual.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 siri Mar 25, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I am a beginner and just started learning bharatanatyam. I am going to perform hand gestures for a slokam “suklam baradharam vishnum…”. Can you please tell me how to express dantham, eka dantham and aneka dantham?

  • 2 Anjali Mar 30, 2009 at 6:11 am

    “Anekadantam bhaktanam” meaning one who gives plenty to the devotees. Which can be shown first by counting the fingers to denote “Aneka” and using Pushpatupta to show the act of Giving. Hansapakshika with both hands showing devotees. “Eka dantam” refers to the one tusked. This can be shown with Shakata in the right hand.

  • 3 Stephanie Jun 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Bharatanatyam is the most beautiful dance!

  • 4 rupasree Jun 19, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Hi Madam,

    Please help me, I want to know about chaturvedha abhinaya in bharathanatyam,

    Regards,
    Rupa

  • 5 vasudev kassar Jan 12, 2011 at 6:01 am

    i like to learn bharatha natyam being so busy in life no chance i will nearn online dats will b fine for me

  • 6 kiran Feb 22, 2012 at 3:15 am

    good i want to learn