Ardhapani, aka: Ardha-pani, Ardhapāṇi; 1 Definition(s)

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

[Ardhapani in Natyashastra glossaries]

1) Ardhapāṇi (अर्धपाणि) or Avapāṇi or Avarapāṇi refers to one of the three aspects of pāṇi, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 31. Accordingly, “that (i.e. playing of instruments) which precedes the start of laya, is called the avapāṇi”.

Ardhapāṇi is also mentioned as part of the rules used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33.

2) Ardhapāṇi (अर्धपाणि, “half-handed”) refers to one of the “five handstrokes” (pāṇiprahata) and represents rules used in the playing of drums (puṣkara) [with reference to Mṛdaṅga, Paṇava and Dardura] according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 33. Accordingly, “these hand-strokes, according to their application are controlled, semi-controlled or free”.

(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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