Kartarimukha Hand Gesture (Mudra)

January 2nd, 2008 by Anjali

Kartarimukha Mudra is done when the little finger and the ring finger is bent and pressed against the thumb. While the index finger and the Middle finger is stretched to show a scissor.


Lets take a look at the viniyoga (uses) shloka for Kartarimukha

stripurushayoshtu vishaleshe vishayaspadepi va
luntanenayanante cha marane bhedabhavane
vidhudarthe pyekshayavirahe patane tatha
latayam yujyate yashusakarah kartarimukhaha

Kartarimukha is used to denote the following:

  • A Scissors
  • Separation of a couple
  • Opposition
  • Looting
  • To show two different things
  • Corner of an eye
  • Death
  • Lightning
  • Sleeping
  • Falling and Weeping
  • Creeper

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sucharita yellapragada Apr 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

    thank you so much for all of the mudras. i am a beginning student and i have always wanted to learn bharatanatyam. i am a little too old to be learning i think but i want to embrace my culture and i can’t afford a guru and lessons. so thanks for putting this up. 😀

  • 2 yasha Jun 10, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    im a bharathanatyam dancer too…………..ur facts are great

  • 3 Soma Jan 30, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Hi Anjali,

    How do I get to know the postures for the transliterations of each mudra. My daughter goes to dance class where they teach the actions for the transliterations. If she needs to practice I am not able to help her out. Can you please let me know how to find these. Thanks for your help.


  • 4 Anjali Jan 30, 2011 at 7:11 am

    @Soma, bharatanatyam percepts and practice- hastas and bhedas Cd might help you. Sites like kalakenda and kalakriya has them for sale online.

  • 5 vishnu Jan 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    please correct the usage term:
    falling an weeping

  • 6 JANET anna jophy Nov 15, 2012 at 7:03 am

    im learning bharatanatyam,but now im not going so can u sent a video on thodayam and allarippu in mail (janetannajophy@yahoo.com)

  • 7 Mel Mar 13, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Thanks so much for this amazing dance resource!
    How would you show the separation of a couple with this gesture?

  • 8 Hermione Granger Nov 29, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    The scissors isn’t part of the viniyoga…

  • 9 Bhava Mar 11, 2018 at 8:09 am

    How do you show split of a couple.

  • 10 Anjali Aug 1, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Show the hand gesture for a couple as in right Mrigashirsha, left shikhara and then follow it up with kartharimukha with both hands in to out to show separate. There could other option to show it also.