Antaryavanika, aka: Antar-yavanika; 1 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Antaryavanika in Natyashastra glossaries]

Antaryavanika (अन्तर्यवनिक) refers to the nine limbs (aṅga) “performed behind the stage curtain”, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra.

The nine antaryavanika are:

  1. pratyāhāra (disposition of the orchestra on stage),
  2. avataraṇa (entrance of the female singers),
  3. ārambha (act of training the voice through vocalizing),
  4. āśrāvaṇā (entertainment through musical instrumentation),
  5. vaktrapāṇi (rehearsing the styles of playing),
  6. parighaṭṭanā (playing on the strings),
  7. saṃghoṭanā (playing on drums),
  8. mārgāsārita (playing tohether strings and drums),
  9. āsārita (playing and singing on different rhythmical structures)
(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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context information

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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