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Dance 1 - Mudras

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I am a seeker,
A bird soaring high in the sky!
In that moment of flying - - a blissful state in the air,
Where you are free- -full of space,
A vast expanse of azure blue sky!
I move my hands with gestures,
Like ‘Pataka', ‘Mudrakhya', ‘Kataka',
O! Is there a ‘Mushti' of strength?
To break away
From the dwarfed ‘Kartarimukha'!

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Dance 1 - Mudras
Friday, June 26, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: dance,philosophy,beauty
Mudras are hand gestures used in Indian classical dance. The 24 Mudras mentioned here are taken from the ancient text named ‘Hasta Lakshana Deepika'. These Mudras are utilised in dance styles of Kerala - Mohiniattam and Kathakali.
I have mentioned a Mudra named ‘Alapadma', profusely utilised in Mohiniattam, which is taken from the text called ‘Abhinayadarpana'.

Mudras are essential part of dance that depicts a meaning, portrays an expression, a feeling or emotion.
I have attempted to give a philosophical explanation and interpretation to the Mudras.

This is a photograph of mine in Mohiniattam costume and make up clicked by my husband - Radha krishna Menon.
The Mudra shown here is Kataka Mudra, the third Mudra of Hasta Lakshana Deepika. In this photo, the Mudras depict a necklace.
Dr Dillip K Swain 16 July 2021

A great work with captivating demonstration of mudra... work of art.. timeless!

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Dr Dillip K Swain 16 July 2021

This is a splendid write with captivating demo...

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Chinedu Dike 12 July 2021

Great work of art, very powerfully and movingly penned with artistic brilliance.

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Jonathan Grover 11 July 2021

It's an extra ordinary piece of poetry...so lovely and sweet expression... appreciated.

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Varsha M 26 June 2021

Ma'am this is just lovely. I felt as if im in a concert wating the dancer playing the mudras. Beautiful ma'am.

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Rebecca Navarre 26 June 2021

Completely fascinating, with such an amazing feel! .. Beautifully visualized! .. Definite 5 Stars! ..+++++

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Amrutha H Rao 26 June 2021

Beautifully composed mam

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Chinedu Dike 16 May 2021

A beautiful and powerful piece of poetry. Thanks once again for your awesome, poetic biography of Albert Einstein.

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Suresh Kumar EK 03 January 2021

meaning, expression, emotion, beautiful

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Dr Dillip K Swain 14 December 2020

This poem brilliantly unfolds the significance of 24 mudras and the divine pleasure that a dancer gets while she/ he performs dance on the stage with different signs and gestures of fingers, hands, feet and the whole body with perfect rhythm. Your last stanza tells us all about heavenly pleasure of a dancer that she derives from dance. A great poem.5 ??????????

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