The use of expressive hand gestures is a highlighting feature of Bharatanatyam

The use of expressive hand gestures is a highlighting feature of Bharatanatyam

The use of expressive hand gestures is a highlighting feature of Bharatanatyam. As the name suggests, hastas are the wide variety of hand symbols used by the performer. Some of the most well-known hand gestures of the dance form include Anjali, which is used as a symbol of salutation when a person greets his/her fellow dancer. Hastas are broadly divided into two types – Asamyukta and Samyukta.