Natyashastra guides step by step to create the emotion.  These are given technical terms and are very structured. One major area of work is Anga, or the body movements.

The movements of the feet are padabedha’s and Chari’s. The Chari carries us forward. These Chari’s if performed with both feet on the earth become bhoomichari’s and if performed with one or both legs in air become akasha Chari.

            The combination of foot and hands are unique, and these are called as Karna’s

            The combination of two or more Karna’s become angahara.

            The combination of angahara becomes mandala.

            Just as we have bhoomichari and akasha chari, we also have Bhoomi Mandala and Akasha mandala.

            The movement of the hands have 3 units, the hastakshetra, the hastaprakara and hastamudra. Hastamudra’s are gestures of the fingers and palm. These are again 3 in variety,

            The asamyuta hasta, which is symbolic in manifestation and is single handed.

            The samyuta hasta which is also symbolic in manifestation but both hands are used.

            The nrtta hasta which is aesthetic in value.

            Each movement begins and ends with a definite posture, and we call this the stanaka. Or the Stanah ( the position)   the chari or movements are used to perform the rangakramana which literally means conquering the stage.

Advertisements