Ardhamagadhi, aka: Ardhamāgadhī, Ardha-magadhi; 1 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

Nāṭyaśāstra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

1) Ardhamāgadhī  (अर्धमागधी) refers to one of the seven “major dialects” (bhāṣā) in language, according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 18. Accordingly, “Ardhamāgadhī is assigned to menials, princes and leaders of bankers’ guilds”.

2) Ardhamāgadhī (अर्धमागधी) refers to a class of gīti: an ancient system of classification of rhythms, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 29. Accordingly, “the ardhamāgadhī changes (lit. revises) its tempo after half-time”. These gītis also include special formations of syllables and variation in speed.

3) Ardhamāgadhī (अर्धमागधी) refers to one of the varieties of the catuṣpadā type of song, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31. Accordingly, “the song which consists of long and short syllables only, and observes quick and medium tempos and has half the number of kalās required for the māgadhī, is called the ardhamāgadhī”.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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Nāṭyaśāstra (नाट्यशास्त्र, natya-shastra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition of performing arts, (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 (nāṭya) and poetic works (kāvya).

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