Hasta Mudra: From the Hands of Gods

An ongoing research project on hasta mudra as they are utilized in Bharata Natyam classical dance of India. The literal translation of the Sanskrit hasta mudra is hand (hasta) symbol (mudra), though hasta mudra can be interpreted in English as hand gestures or sign language. The broader scope of this project encompasses the ancient art of hand symbols as found in all the arts, including fine arts, performing arts, ritual arts, and healing arts.

Living Stone: Brought to Life by the Hands of Time

The Chennakeshava temple at Belur, Karnataka was carved entirely from soapstone during the Hoysala dynasty during the 11th century. It features some of the most exquisite dancing figurines along the exterior of the main shrine. We filmed footage of the entire temple with focus on several of the 42 mudra bearing dancing figures that are angled from the temple roof. We also filmed various Bharata Natyam dances outside the north and south sides of the temples as well as still photography within the inside the sanctum.

Deaf Choir Collaboration

Working in colaboration with deaf community leaders, we explore the deeper connections between Hasta Mudra and Sign Language. In this project we interwine our discoveries in artistic performance.