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KARKATA: Nikolina Nikoleski, a disciple of Saroja Vaidyanathan, demonstrates the hasta; poses as a disappointed woman waiting for her lover; blows a conch.

Some hand gestures lend themselves to a variety of uses, from the mundane to the esoteric. This week's hand gesture is one such, with its range of uses.

Karkata

Hold the two hands apart from each other, with palms wide open and all fingers spread out. Then bring the two hands together so that the fingers cross into the spaces between the fingers of the opposite hand. There should be a space between the palms.


Uses

Karkata is used to show the holding of something that requires a strong grip, as in blowing a conch shell, or in catching hold of a branch and pulling it down.

It could also be used to hide something, as when children bury something in the sand. It is also used in languorous stretching, or perching the head coyly.


ANJANA RAJAN

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