Alapallava; 2 Definition(s)
Alapallava means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. 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.
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
1a) Alapallava (अलपल्लव) refers to a gesture (āṅgika) made with a ‘single hand’ (asaṃyuta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. It is also known by the name Alapadma and Alapadmaka. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).
1b) A gesture (āṅgika) made with ‘dance hands’ (nṛttahasta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. The hands (hasta) form a part of the human body which represents one of the six major limbs (aṅga) used in dramatic performance. With these limbs are made the various gestures (āṅgika), which form a part of the histrionic representation (abhinaya).(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
1) Alapallava (अलपल्लव).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with a single hand (asaṃyuta-hasta);—(Instructions): All fingers turned towards the palm, standing on its side and separated from one another.
(Uses): It is to be used for indicating prevention, words like “Of whom are you,” “It is not,” “nonsense” and a woman’s allusion to herself.
2) Alapallava (अलपल्लव).—A type of gesture (āṅgika) made with dance-hands (nṛttahasta);—(Instructions): The two hands to have the Udveṣṭita Karaṇa in their movements. The Dance-hands are to be used in forming Karaṇas.(Source): archive.org: Natya Shastra
Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).
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