Ankavatara, aka: Aṅkāvatāra, Anka-avatara; 4 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Aṅkāvatāra (अङ्कावतार) refers to the “transitional scene”. According to the Nāṭyaśāstra, 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: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Aṅkāvatāra (अङ्कावतार).—One of the five explanatory devices (arthopakṣepaka);— As in practice it falls between two Acts, or within an Act, and relates to the purpose of the Seed (bīja), it is called a Transitional Scene (aṅkāvatāra).

Source: Natya Shastra
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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)

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Aṅkāvatāra (अङ्कावतार) means the “Transitional Scene”, and is one of the Five Explanatory Devices (arthopakṣepaka) of dramatic play (nāṭya), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21.

Source: Wisdom Library: Hinduism

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Aṅkāvatāra (अङ्कावतार).—when an act, hinted by persons at the end of the preceding act, is brought in continuity with the latter, it is called अङ्कावतार (aṅkāvatāra) (descent of an act), as the sixth act of Śākuntala or second of Mālavikāgnimitra (aṅkānte sūcitaḥ pātraistadaṅka- syāvibhāgataḥ | yatrāṅakovataratyeṣo'ṅkāvatāra iti smṛtaḥ S. D.311). The Daśarūpa defines it differently; अङ्कावतारस्त्वङ्कान्ते पातोऽङ्कस्याविभागतः । एभिः संसूचयेत्सूच्यं दृश्यमङ्कैः प्रदर्शयेत् (aṅkāvatārastvaṅkānte pāto'ṅkasyāvibhāgataḥ | ebhiḥ saṃsūcayetsūcyaṃ dṛśyamaṅkaiḥ pradarśayet) 3.56.

Derivable forms: aṅkāvatāraḥ (अङ्कावतारः).

Aṅkāvatāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aṅka and avatāra (अवतार).

Source: DDSA: The practical 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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