Ankamukha, Aṅkāmukha, Aṅkamukha, Anka-mukha: 4 definitions



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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Aṅkāmukha (अङ्कामुख) refers to the “anticipatory scene”. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21, it is one of the five explanatory devices (Arthopakṣepaka). These ‘explanatory devies’ were adopted by the playwright for clarifying the obscurities that were liable to occur due to his extreme condensation of the subject-matter. The term is used throughout nāṭyaśāstra literature.

Source: Natya Shastra

Aṅkāmukha (अङ्कामुख).—One of the five explanatory devices (arthopakṣepaka);— When the detached beginning of an Act is summarized beforehand by a male or a female character, it is called a Anticipatory Scene (aṅkamukha).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Aṅkamukha (अङ्कमुख).—(or āsyam) that part of an act, wherein the subject of all the acts is intimated, is called अङ्कमुख (aṅkamukha), which suggests the germ as well as the end; e. g. in Māl.1 कामन्दकी (kāmandakī) and अवलोकिता (avalokitā) hint the parts to be played by भूरिवसु (bhūrivasu) and others and give the arrangement of the plot in brief (yatra syādaṅka ekasminnaṅkānāṃ sūcanākhilā | tadaṅka- mukhamityāhurbījārthakhyāpakaṃ ca tat || S. D.322.) The Daśarūpa defines it thus: अङ्कान्तपौत्ररङ्कास्यं छिन्नाङ्कस्यार्थसूचनात् (aṅkāntapautraraṅkāsyaṃ chinnāṅkasyārthasūcanāt) | i. e. where a character at the end of an act cuts short the story and introduces the beginning of another act; as in the second of Mv.

Derivable forms: aṅkamukham (अङ्कमुखम्).

Aṅkamukha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṅka and mukha (मुख).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Aṅkamukha (अङ्कमुख):—[=aṅka-mukha] [from aṅka > aṅk] n. introductory act of a drama giving a clue to the whole plot.

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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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