Angika, aka: Āṅgika, Aṅgika, Aṅgikā; 10 Definition(s)


Angika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Āṅgika (आङ्गिक) refers to “physical representations” and forms a part of abhinaya (techniques of representation), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 8. Abhinaya is used in communicating the meaning of the drama (nāṭya) and calling forth the sentiment (rasa).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Āṅgika (आङ्गिक, “physical representation”) consists of the use of various gestures and postures of which the Nāṭyaśāstra gives elaborate descriptions. Different limbs have been named and their manifold gestures and movements described, with various significance attached to each one of them.

Āṅgika (‘gestures and postures’) is of three kinds, viz.

  1. that of the limbs (śārira),
  2. that of the face (mukhaja)
  3. and that related to [different], movements of the entire body (ceṣṭākṛta) including the Śākhā, the Aṅga and the Upāṅga.
Source: Natya Shastra

Āṅgika (आङ्गिक) or āṅgikābhinaya refers to the first of four categories of abhinaya (histrionic representation). Āṅgika is an expression through gestures, postures, movements of each part of the body and gait. Abhinaya is the imitation of the thing seen by self or is an expression of sentiment experienced by oneself.

Source: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style (natya)
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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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General definition (in Hinduism)

Āṅgika (आङ्गिक, “gestures and postures”) is a Sanskrit technical term used in plays and dramas (nāṭya), as explained in the Nāṭyaśāstra.

Source: Wisdom Library: A History of Indian Philosophy

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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aṅgika : (adj.) (in cpds:), consisting of so many parts; e.g. duvaṅgika = consisting of two parts.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Aṅgika, (-°) (adj.) (fr. aṅga) consisting of parts, — fold; only in compn. with num. like aṭṭh°, duv° (see dve), catur°, pañc° etc., q. v. (Page 7)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

āṅgika (आंगिक).—a S Expressible or expressed by bodily action; gesticulatory or gesticulated--a passion or sentiment. 2 Relating to the body, corporeal.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṅgikā (अङ्गिका).—[aṅgam ācchādayati aṅg-ini svārthe kan, striyāṃ ṭāp] A bodice or jacket.

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Aṅgikā (अङ्गिका).—A bodice.

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Āṅgika (आङ्गिक).—a. (- f.) [अङ्ग निर्वृत्तार्थे-ठक् (aṅga nirvṛttārthe-ṭhak)]

1) Bodily, corporeal.

2) Gesticulated, expressed by bodily actions; आङ्गिकोऽभिनयः (āṅgiko'bhinayaḥ), see अभिनय (abhinaya).

-kaḥ 1 A player on a tabor or drum.

2) Man's sleeved outer body, garment, a coat reaching below the knees. कश्मीरज- पृषद्वर्षरञ्जितेनाङ्किकेन च (kaśmīraja- pṛṣadvarṣarañjitenāṅkikena ca) Śiva. B.21.19.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṅgikā (अङ्गिका).—f.

(-kā) A kind of bodice or jacket. E. aṅga the body and ikan aff.

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Āṅgika (आङ्गिक).—mfn.

(-kaḥ-kī-kaṃ) 1. Bodily, corporeal. 2. Gesticulated, expressed by bodily action, (dramatic sentiment, passion, &c. exhibited by attitude, gesture, &c.) m.

(-kaḥ) A player on a tabor or drum. E. aṅga the body, ṭhañ aff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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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. 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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