Single hand gestures in the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa and the Abhinayadarpaṇa: A comparative study
Bhagyashree Sarma and Sudeshna Bhattacharjya
Indian classical Dances contain different elements through which a Dance form can be presented gracefully. The gestures and postures of Indian classical dances are very particular as in every classical dance form; the views of ancient scriptures on Dance seem to be followed. The Nāṭyaśāstra is regarded as the most authentic work on Dance and Drama. The Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa as well as the Abhinayadarpaṇa also seem to follow the path of the Nāṭyaśāstra as both of these works talk about different elements of Indian classical Dances. But in some context, different point of views of these two works also can be noticed as both have their own perspectives and practices. Asaṁyuktahastas i.e. single hand gestures are the most integral element of Indian classical Dances, through which the dancers can project a concept in front of the audience with the help of hand gestures. So, in this present paper an attempt has been made to highlight a comparative study between the Viṣṇudharmottarapurāṇa and the Abhinayadarpaṇa regarding the context of Asaṁyuktahastas i.e. single hand gestures.