Ashvalalita, aka: Ashva-lalita, Aśvalalita; 3 Definition(s)
Ashvalalita 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 Aśvalalita can be transliterated into English as Asvalalita or Ashvalalita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)
Aśvalalita (अश्वललित) refers to a type of syllabic metre (vṛtta), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 16. In this metre, the fifth, the seventh, the eleventh, the thirteenth, the seventeenth, the nineteenth and the twenty-third syllables of a foot (pāda) are heavy (guru), while the rest of the syllables are light (laghu).
Aśvalalita falls in the Vikṛti class of chandas (rhythm-type), which implies that verses constructed with this metre have four pādas (‘foot’ or ‘quarter-verse’) containing twenty-three syllables each.(Source): Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra
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).
Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)
Aśvalalita (अश्वललित) refers to one of the seventy-two sama-varṇavṛtta (regular syllabo-quantitative verse) mentioned in the 334th chapter of the Agnipurāṇa. The Agnipurāṇa deals with various subjects viz. literature, poetics, grammar, architecture in its 383 chapters and deals with the entire science of prosody (eg., the aśvalalita metre) in 8 chapters (328-335) in 101 verses in total.(Source): Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.
Languages of India and abroad
Aśvalalita (अश्वललित).—Name of a species of the Vikṛti metre.
Derivable forms: aśvalalitam (अश्वललितम्).
Aśvalalita is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms aśva and lalita (ललित).(Source): DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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