Ankai, Āṅkai, Aṅkai, Āṇkai: 2 definitions

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Ankai means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Tamil. 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)

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

Āṅkai (male hand) is part of the single-had tradition (pindi or oṟṟaikkai-marapu), which itself forms a division of Abhinaya or Avinaya (artistic expressions) as defined in the second book of the Pañcamarapu (‘five-fold traditional usage’) which represents an important piece of Tamil literature.—The Pañcamarapu (“five-fold traditional usage”) refers to a book on five established literary usages (five-fold traditional usages) defines terms such as Āṅkai. It was composed by Cerai Aṟivanār in the 9th century AD during the time of Pandyan Tirumaran of the last Caṅkam Period.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (shastra) of performing arts, (natya—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), construction and performance of Theater, and Poetic works (kavya).

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Languages of India and abroad

Tamil dictionary

Source: DDSA: University of Madras: Tamil Lexicon

Aṅkai (அங்கை) noun < அகம் [agam] + கை. [kai.] Palm of hand; உள்ளங்கை. [ullangai.] (தொல். எழுத். [thol. ezhuth.] 315, உரை [urai])

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Āṇkai (ஆண்கை) [āṇ-kai] noun < idem. +. (Nāṭya.) Gesture of hand expressive of the emotions of men; ஆண்பாற்செயல் காட்டும் அபிநயக்கை. [anparseyal kattum apinayakkai.] (சிலப்பதிகாரம் அரும்பதவுரை [silappathigaram arumbathavurai] 3, 18, உரை. [urai.])

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Āṇkai (ஆண்கை) [āṇ-kai] noun < ஆண் [an] +. (Nāṭya.) A handpose in dancing; அபிநயக்கைவகை. [apinayakkaivagai.] (சிலப்பதிகாரம் அரும்பதவுரை பக். [silappathigaram arumbathavurai pag.] 92, கீழ்க்குறிப்பு. [kizhkkurippu.])

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Tamil is an ancient language of India from the Dravidian family spoken by roughly 250 million people mainly in southern India and Sri Lanka.

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