Anurupa, aka: Anurūpa, Anurūpā; 8 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Anurūpā (अनुरूपा, “natural”) refers to one of the “three kinds of impersonation” according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 34. Accordingly, “when women impersonate female characters and men male characters, and their ages are similar to that of the characters represented, the impersonation is called ‘natural’ (anurūpā)” and “human characters as they are represented on the stage fall into three classes: natural (anurūpā), unnatural (virūpā) and imitative (rūpānusāriṇī)”.

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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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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India history and geogprahy

Anurūpa.—(CII 1), adequate. Note: anurūpa is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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anurūpa : (adj.) suitable; conform with.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

Anurūpa, (adj.) (anu + rūpa) suitable, adequate, seeming, fit, worthy; adapted to, corresponding, conform with (-°) J.I, 91; VI, 366 (tad°); PvA.61 (ajjhāsaya° according to his wish), 128 (id.) 78, 122, 130, 155; etc. Cp. also paṭirūpa in same meaning. (Page 42)

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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anurupa (अनुरुप).—a or ad (S anu According to,rupa Face, form &c.) Agreeing with; according with; conformable unto; suiting, fitting, corresponding. answering. Ex. hī strī tyā puruṣāsa sarva guṇānī a0 āhē. 2 Agreeably or conformably. Ex. tumacī ā- jñā hōīla tadanurupa mī cālēna. 3 S Like, resembling, similar. In comp., as ājñānurupa, kālānurupa, dēśānurupa, sāmarthyānurupa, yōgyatānurupa.

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

anurūpa (अनुरूप).—a or ad Like, resembling, cor- responding to, worthy, agreeably.

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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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anurūpa (अनुरूप).—a. [rūpasya sadṛśaḥ yogyo vā]

1) Like, resembling, corresponding to; शब्दानुरूपेण पराक्रमेण भवितव्यम् (śabdānurūpeṇa parākrameṇa bhavitavyam) Pt.1; worthy of; आत्मानुरूपं वरम् (ātmānurūpaṃ varam) Ś.1; रूपानुरूप (rūpānurūpa) K.192,23.

2) Suitable or fit, adapted to, according to, with gen. or in comp.; नैतदनुरूपं भवतः (naitadanurūpaṃ bhavataḥ) K.146,158; भव पितुरनुरूपस्त्वं गुणैर्लोककान्तैः (bhava pituranurūpastvaṃ guṇairlokakāntaiḥ) V.5.21; काममननुरूपमस्या वपुषो वल्कलम् (kāmamananurūpamasyā vapuṣo valkalam) Ś.1; स्वप्रमाणानुरूपैः सेचनघटैः (svapramāṇānurūpaiḥ secanaghaṭaiḥ) ibid.; सत्त्वानुरूपा सर्वस्य श्रद्धा भवति भारत (sattvānurūpā sarvasya śraddhā bhavati bhārata) Bg.17.3; R.1.33; Me.13

-pam 1 Resemblance, likeness, conformity.

2) Suitability, fitness; अपि जनकसुताया- स्तच्च तच्चानुरूपम् (api janakasutāyā- stacca taccānurūpam) U.6.26.

-paḥ The antistrophe, having the same metre as the स्तोत्रिय (stotriya) or strophe; the second of the three verses (tṛ) recited together, the other two being स्तोत्रिय (stotriya) and पर्यास, एकस्तोत्रियेष्वहस्सु योऽन्योऽनन्तरः सोऽनुरूपः (paryāsa, ekastotriyeṣvahassu yo'nyo'nantaraḥ so'nurūpaḥ) Āśval.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Anurūpa (अनुरूप).—mfn.

(-paḥ-pā-paṃ) 1. Like, resembling. 2. Fit, suitable. 3. According to. n.

(-paṃ) 1. Conformity. 2. Assistance 3. Mediation, friendly interposition. 4. Hindrance, check. E. anu like, and rūpa form.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara 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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