Bhedas

In Bharatanatyam a dancer uses elaborate head, neck eye and feet movements to comunicate different messages. These movements are called Shiro Bheda, Greeva Bheda, Drishti Bheda and Paada Bheda respectively and is used quite extensively in a typical bharatanatyam performance.

 

Below are the slokas from the Abinaya Darpana representing these bhedas.

 

Shiro Bheda(head movements)

Samam udhvaahitha adhomukha aalokitham dhutam

Kampithamcha paraavrittam utkshiptam parivaahitham

 

Greeva Bheda(neck movements)

Sundareecha thirashcheena thathaiva parivarthitha

Prakampithaacha bhaavagner neya greeva chaturvidha


Dhrishti Bheda (eye movements)

Samam aalokitham sachi praalokitha nimeelithe

Ullokithaanuvriththecha thathaachaivaavalokitham.

 

Paada Bheda (movements of the Feet)

Mandalothplavane chaari bhramari paadhachaarika

Chathurdha paadhabhedasyos theshaam lakshanamuchyathe

 

The students of Nrityangan are gradually introduced to these bhedas during their sessions and can login to see the explanations once it is covered in the class.

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