Drishti Bheda: Connecting through the eyes

Drishti in sanskrit means “vision”. Drishti Bedha’s help us classify different eye movements depending on how we move our eyeballs. We use each of these different movements in our daily life, but they also have their own identification. In classical dance, there are a total of nine types of eye movements.

Some are obvious and apply to real life. The eyes inform us what kind of character a person bears and what mood the character is in. We do not need an ancient text to codify these eye movements. But studying how the ancients codified even simple gestures helps one hone one’s observation skills — both in the case of one’s own body and in observing the world.

Sama Drishti

Look straight, do not move eyelashes.
Gods and goddesses usually are represented with sama drishti, looking straight ahead with benevolence.

Types of Sama Drishti & their application:

Sama Shanta:
The expression during prayers
Sama Bhaya:
The expression when u suddenly see a tiger in front of you
Sama Krodha:
Sama Bismaya:
Awe inspired inspired expression looking at something spectacular in front of you

Avalokita Drishti

Looking downwards

Ullokita Drishti

Looking upwards

TYPES OF ullokita DRISHTI & THEIR APPLICATION:

Ullokita Chinta:
the look on a fathers face when planning the future of his child

Ullokita Smarana: the look on your face when trying to recollect a forgotten thought, address, tel number.

Anubruta Drishti

Glancing up and down quickly

TYPES OF Anubruta DRISHTI & THEIR APPLICATION:

Anubruta bismaya:
The expression of astonishment when you see a life size masterpiece in a museum
Anubruta Kroda:
Anubruta Anuraga:
the expression on the fathers face on seeing his married daughter for the 1st time

Milita Drishti

Half closed eye

TYPES OF Milita DRISHTI & THEIR APPLICATION:

Milita Anuraga:
The shy expression of a newly wedded bride

Milita Karuna:
The expresso of sympathy and disappointment on the face of a mother on hearing the news of a loss faced by her child.

Milita Samarpana:
The expression on the face of a devotee lighting a lamp to the deity

Sachi Drishti

Look out of the corner of the eyes. Sachi suggests a sneaky or playful intent.

TYPES OF sachi DRISHTI & THEIR APPLICATION:

Sachi Anuraga:
Glances between lovers or of a mother towards a naughty child.
Sachi irsha:
Sachi bhaya:
The expression induced when you hear footsteps while walking in a lonely lane

Pralokita Drishti

Looking from side to side. Shifty-eyed is an epithet for the crook, so Pralokita drishti would apply here

TYPES OF pralokita DRISHTI & THEIR APPLICATION:

Pralokita bhaya:
Radhas scared expression when sneaking out of the house to see krishna
Pralokita Kroda:
The expression of anger when you cant help a situation
Pralokita satarka:
The cautious expression with movement of only the eyeballs and still expression on the face.

Ālokita Drishti

Glancing quickly with eyes open

Alokita Kroda:
the uncontrollable anger when you hear f the murder of a loved one Alokita Bhaya:
entering a spooky house

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