Anuprasa, aka: Anuprāsa; 5 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Anuprāsa (अनुप्रास, “alliteration”) refers to a type of Alaṃkāra (figure of speech).—Among the śabdālaṃkāras, Anuprāsa(alliteration) is regarded as prominent one. According to Viśvanātha Kavirāja, Anuprāsaconsists in the recurrence of the same letters, even if, there be difference in vowels.[568] That is to say Anuprāsaexists in the similarity of consonants, not withstanding the dissimilarity of vowels. Anuprāsa is found to be employed in abundance in the Śrīkaṇṭhacarita.

Source: Shodhganga: Mankhaka a sanskrit literary genius (natya)

Anuprāsa (अनुप्रास) refers to one of the 93 alaṃkāras (“figures of speech”) mentioned by Cirañjīva Bhaṭṭācārya (fl. 17th century) in his Kāvyavilāsa and is listed as one of the 4 śabdālaṃkāras (figure of speech determined by sound, as opposed to the sense).—Cirañjīva has not given any definition of anuprāsa. A similarity of sounds inspite of the difference in vowels is known as anuprasa.

According to Cirañjīva anuprāsa has four varieties

  1. sphuṭānuprāsa,
  2. lāṭānuprāsa,
  3. vṛttyanuprāsa,
  4. chekānuprāsa.
Source: Shodhganga: The Kavyavilasa of Ciranjiva Bhattacarya (natyashastra)
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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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anuprāsa (अनुप्रास).—m S Alliteration.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

anuprāsa (अनुप्रास).—m Alliteration.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
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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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Chekānuprāsa (छेकानुप्रास) refers to one of the four varieties of Anuprāsa: one of the 93 alaṃk...
Vṛttyanuprāsa (वृत्त्यनुप्रास) refers to one of the four varieties of Anuprāsa: one of the 93 a...
Lāṭānuprāsa (लाटानुप्रास) refers to one of the four varieties of Anuprāsa: one of the 93 alaṃkā...
Antyānuprāsa (अन्त्यानुप्रास).—see under अनुप्रास (anuprāsa). Derivable forms: antyānuprāsaḥ (अ...
Śrutyanuprāsa (श्रुत्यनुप्रास).—a kind of alliteration; see K. P.9. Derivable forms: śrutyanupr...
Sphuṭānuprāsa (स्फुटानुप्रास) refers to one of the four varieties of Anuprāsa: one of the 93 al...
Alaṃkāra (अलंकार).—The word alaṃkāra is derived as alaṃ kṛ ghañ. This suffix ghañ can be used i...
Praśa (प्रश).—4 P.1) To become calm or tranquil.2) To be soothed or appeased.3) To stop, cease,...
Cheka (छेक).—a. [cho-bā° ḍekan Tv.]1) Tame, domesticated (as a beast).2) Citizen, town-bred.3) ...
śabdālaṅkāra (शब्दालंकार).—m A trope or verbal figure.
śabdānuprāsa (शब्दानुप्रास).—m S In rhetoric. Jingle of words; as contrad. from varṇānuprāsa Ji...

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