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Hasta Mudra (Snake) | by ~ rohit
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Hasta Mudra (Snake)

I took this shot during my trip to Kuchipudi village, Kuchipudi Dance form is believed to have originated from this village. One of the students of the dance school gave some real good information on the dance form and posed for us in various positions used in dance.

 

This type of position is known as Hasta Mudra where "Hasta" means hand and "Mudra" means position. The hand is made to take various shapes throughout one dance performance, and this particular position depicts a snake. Hasta Mudras are a part of almost all Indian classical dance forms like Kathak, Bharatanatyam etc

 

The silhouette is intended and I had to crop some of it to remove the unwanted stuff. One of those shots where I could not have done without digital cropping, time and place were two main factors :-).

 

I will post more similar shots in coming days.

 

To find out more on various Mudras log on to Wikipedia (my favorite source of information).

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mudra

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Taken on January 7, 2012