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Asamyukta Hasta or Single Hand Gesture

Asamyukta hastas are done using single hand. The Natyshastra mentions about 28 Mudras ie upto Trishula Mudra. There are four new mudra added to this list ie Kataka, Vyagraha, Ardhasuchi and Palli. These Hand Gestures are a Part of Angika Abhinaya. I shall be explaining each of these Mudras with reference to the shlokas of Abhinayadarpana.

Audio of the shlokam: [audio:asamyukta hasta.mp3]

If you would like to download this audio, right click here and save to computer

Following are the list of all the Single hand Gesture.

  1. Pataaka
  2. Tripataaka
  3. Ardhapataaka
  4. Kartarimukha
  5. Mayura
  6. Ardhachandra
  7. Araala
  8. Shukatunda
  9. Mushthi
  10. Shikhara
  11. Kapitta
  12. Katakaamukha
  13. Suchi
  14. Chandrakalaa
  15. Padmakosha
  16. Sarpashirsha
  17. Mrigashirsha
  18. Simhamukha
  19. Kangula
  20. Alapadma
  21. Chatura
  22. Bhramara
  23. Hamsaasye
  24. Hansapakshika
  25. Sandamsha
  26. Mukula
  27. Tamrachuda
  28. Trishula
  29. Ardhasuchi
  30. Vyaagraha
  31. Palli
  32. Katakaa



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  4. nikitha

    this wesite helped me in learning in learning single hand gestures. THANKS A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. anju

    hai mam….am a working employee….after long years i danced before a gud audience….even though its not upto level i felt very happy as without proper rehearsel or practise….i cud do or remember wt i learnt from my guru….keep teachng more….thank you

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    hello ma’am , i am giving 4 year and i need info about varnam with shloka .pls if u can , then arrange some info as soon as possible

  7. shreya

    wow! this website is reall goood! i was very satisfied and confident for my test on this.

    Pls give samyutha hasthas too!
    thanks a lot for your help!!!


    i could not know previously that 32 Asayukta Hastha mudras are there, I know 28 only please give meanings of last 4 .

    thank and regards

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    Dear mam we need
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    2 Bhandhari (bhandhava) hastha-s
    3.Jathi hasthas i have slokas as text from abinaya darpana book and google but need audio

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    Hi Anjali,I am 65 yrs old and have just started learning basic hand and leg movrments.Yr videos have really helped.Keep practising everyday.One point.Due to yr sari coming in the way,leg postures are not clear.Lovr the way u explain every hand n leg movement.Keep it up.
    Yr very young student
    Usha Aunty

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  12. Madhuri

    Thanks anjali , your website was so useful for my daughter , we were practising mudras when we realised she didn’t know few mudras. just then i saw your website. and with u showing the mudras she learned very quickly.

  13. Ramakrishna

    Very good to exhibit all mudras online. All students cant remember mudras in classes. Your assignment is very great Anjaligaru. …. I am come to know how many mudras in bharatnatyam………

    Very great information…… cant put it in words…… Very great work you are doing. All the best

  14. Anjali

    @Rajshri, Palli is us used to show a Hut. may be in the context of hermits living in forest.

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