Arthaprakriti, Arthaprakṛti, Artha-prakriti: 2 definitions


Arthaprakriti means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Arthaprakṛti can be transliterated into English as Arthaprakrti or Arthaprakriti, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Arthaprakṛti (अर्थप्रकृति) refers to the “five elements of the plot” representing the five means of attaining objects of the Plot, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 21.

These are the five elements of the plot (arthaprakṛti):

  1. bīja (the seed),
  2. bindu (the vital drop),
  3. patākā (the episode),
  4. prakarī (the episodical incident),
  5. kārya (the action).

These five elements are connected with the five avasthā, or ‘five stages of the action’.

Natyashastra book cover
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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Languages of India and abroad

Sanskrit-English dictionary

[«previous (A) next»] — Arthaprakriti in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Arthaprakṛti (अर्थप्रकृति).—f. the leading source or occasion of the grand object in a drama; (the number of these 'sources' is five :-bījaṃ binduḥ patākā ca prakarī kāryameva ca | arthaprakṛtayaḥ pañca jñātvā yojyā yathāvidhi S. D.317.)

Derivable forms: arthaprakṛtiḥ (अर्थप्रकृतिः).

Arthaprakṛti is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms artha and prakṛti (प्रकृति).

context information

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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