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
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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