Palli hand gesture

July 23rd, 2012 by Anjali

Palli is done by holding Mayura hasta and then crossing middle finger over the index finger. The viniyoga shloka say: “Pallyarthe Viniyujyate”, which means it is used to it is used to represent a Hut.

Palli Hasta



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  • 1 Sarangarajan.R Jul 23, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Hello Anjali,

    I am not able to do this mudra. May be practice should help. Are you able to do it with ease?

    Best wishes for your continued good contribution to the art.


  • 2 C.P. Unnikrishnan Aug 16, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    The old school of Kathakali did use the Palli mudra almost as seen in the photograph, but the middle finger not curving over the index finger;; but held straight. It is obsolete now.

  • 3 evanghelia Jul 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Hello Anjali,
    I’m from Romania and I like very much to dance Bharatanatyam : I practice almost everyday following your indications.
    Thank you very much for doing it.
    Evanghelia M.

  • 4 Diva Rawat Jan 26, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Hi I am diva and i am learning bharatnatyam from 5years unnikrishnan is right the middle finger is not curved…… I like your website very very much as i am going to shift to banglore yehlanka i am not able to find find a bharatnatyam dance class there so that i can continue so i will get into touch of the website i am 10 years old