Abhinayadarpana, Abhinayadarpaṇa, Abhinaya-darpana: 2 definitions


Abhinayadarpana means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (history)

Abhinayadarpaṇa (circa A.D. 1000) is the name of an important treatise dealing with Dance and Perormance, commonly known as Bharatanatyam.—The Abhinayadarpaṇa is an important treatise on dance by Nandikeśvara. Abhinayadarpaṇa deals mainly with the āṅgikābhinaya (bodily expression) and hastābhinaya (expressions based on the hand gestures) in particular. It is full of complex technical information meant for dance teachers and performers. It is closely followed by Bharatanatyam dancers. The introduction of the text begins with the origin of nāṭya, nṛtta and nṛtya, the characteristics of a dancer or an actor, pūrvaraṅga (pre-presentational rituals), the four-fold abhinaya namely āṅgikābhinaya (to express through body), vācikābhinaya (to express through speech), āhāryābhinaya (to express through costumes, make-up, ornaments) and sāttvikābhinaya (to express through the sāttvika-bhāvas) and highlights āṅgikābhinaya (bodily expressions).

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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[«previous next»] — Abhinayadarpana in Sanskrit glossary
Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Abhinayadarpaṇa (अभिनयदर्पण) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—dramatic action. Io. 3028. 3090. Burnell. 60^b. Oppert. 16.
—by Nandin (?). Oppert. 950. 2503. 7264. Ii, 450. 500. 2205. 5473.

2) Abhinayadarpaṇa (अभिनयदर्पण):—on dramatic action, attributed to Nandikeśvara. Bc 436. Śg. 2, 304. Whish 109. Printed in Poona. 1874.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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